updated 07:24 am EST, Thu February 20, 2014
Value Android devices include rear-mounted camera button
Acer has unveiled a pair of budget Android smartphones heading to Europe in the coming months, following on from the earlier Liquid Z3 and Liquid E2. The Liquid E3 offers a 4.7-inch IPS in an 8.9mm-thick (0.35 inches) case and a 2-megapixel front camera with LED flash, while the Liquid Z4 houses a smaller 4-inch display, with both offering a rear-mounted AcerRapid button to take images even if the screen is turned off.
The Liquid E3 uses a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DTS Sound processing. The "selfie"-assisting front camera is joined by a 13-megapixel f/1.8 rear version, while the Android 4.2.2 installation is accompanied by Acer SnapNote for presentations, AcerFloat for opening multiple windows for multitasking, and a Float Caller notification that shows who is calling without interrupting an already-running app.
Acer Liquid E3
The smaller Liquid Z4 is a more budget-focused affair, though it still offers a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DTS audio. On the back is a 5-megapixel f/2.4 autofocus camera, and the same AcerFloat user interface and Float Caller notifications also make an appearance. Both devices also have support for AcerCloud, the company's own cloud storage service.
Acer Liquid Z4
Shipping in April, the Acer Liquid E3 will be priced at 199 euro ($272), while the Liquid Z4 will sell for 99 euro ($135). Neither device is expected to reach the United States.