New Liquid smartphone collection includes entry-level, high-end devices
Acer has introduced three Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress, alongside the Liquid Leap+ and the Windows Phone-based Liquid M220. The Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 are entry-level devices, while the Liquid Jade Z follows on from the Liquid Jade S as a high-end smartphone, but slightly dialed back in specification to make it a more affordable mobile device.
The new Leap works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Acer has introduced an updated version of its fitness tracker, now known as the Liquid Leap+. The device offers all of the typical fitness features, in a water-resistant package that retails for less than $90. The company has upgraded the Leap Manager utility to work with all major smartphone platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Like other fitness trackers, the Leap+ allows users to monitor their daily activity, exercise routines and sleep cycles, or access basic notifications from their paired phones.
First Acer smart watch could launch in next few months alongside smartphone
Acer is adding two more devices to its Liquid range, including the company's first wearable device. Both the Liquid Jade smartphone and the Liquid Leap smart watch were briefly shown at the New York City event, though unlike the tablets and computers it also featured, the company has offered little in terms of detail for either of the two devices.
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.
Liquid S2 boasts 4K video recording on rear, 1080p video on front
Acer has revealed three new Android devices it will be showing off at IFA this week, alongside extra options for current tablets. The Iconia A3, complete with a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 IPS LED display, is accompanied by a 24-inch all-in-one for desktops, the 6-inch Liquid S2 smartphone, and new color choices for the Iconia A1 and Iconia B1 tablets.
Low-cost Liquid Z3 offers dual-SIM option, Android 4.2 installed
Acer has launched the latest budget device in its Liquid smartphone line. The low-cost Liquid Z3 provides a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, though it is thought not to be a high-resolution panel, along with a dual-core 1GHz processor from an unnamed manufacturer, and 4GB of storage packed into a relatively lightweight 120-gram (4.2-ounce) case.
Iconia W3 first tablet to use relaxed Microsoft Windows 8 requirements
Acer has used Computex to reveal a new Windows 8 tablet and an Android smartphone. The previously leaked Iconia W3 is the first in the world to take advantage of Microsoft's relaxed Windows 8 tablet requirements by using an 8.1-inch display, while the Liquid S1 continues the Liquid range of mobile phones and is the first "phablet" from the company.
Retains most of design from predecessor Liquid E1
Acer has unveiled a follow-up to the Liquid E1 smartphone, revealed earlier this year. The Liquid E2 retains the same general appearance of its predecessor, though its 4.5-inch screen is a qHD IPS display, its processor is bumped upwards from a dual-core 1GHz processor to a 1.2GHz quad-core version, but keeps the same 1GB of RAM.
Budget offering includes dual-SIM, camera options
Acer has released details relating to the European rollout of two smartphones. The mid-range Liquid E1, launched last month, and the entry-level Liquid Z2 will both be made available in Europe at the same time, with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine being the first to receive it, followed by the UK, Italy, and Russia.
Uses dual-core 1Ghz processor, 4.5-inch qHD screen
A new mid-specification smartphone in the Acer Liquid line has surfaced, this time with a 4.5-inch, 540x960 IPS display. The Liquid E1 follows on from the Liquid E and Liquid Glow, but this time runs on Android 4.1.1 and has an improved specifications list compared to previous models, though it falls short of competing with other flagship models.
Acer CloudMobile and LiquidGlow get our tests
Acer had a much more subdued presence at Mobile World Congress this year, having spent most of its energy at CES. However, it did have two new smartphones to show in Barcelona, and arguably some of its best devices yet. Read through for hands-on time with the CloudMobile and Liquid Glow.
Liquid Glow is Acer's second MWC phone
Acer has followed up the CloudMobile with a second smartphone due at Mobile World Congress. The Liquid Glow will carry Acer's lightly skinned version of Android 4.0, but with a more modest 3.7-inch display. The newer, curvier design will be its own highlight, with colors such as Alpine White and Sakura Pink on the back that will be matched to the display at the front.
Acer Liquid Express revives budget Android focus
Acer started off the week by launching a new budget Android phone. The Liquid Express revives the 3.5-inch formula seen in the Liquid Metal and even shares its 800MHz Snapdragon and five-megapixel camera, but adds NFC for short-range payments and tag sharing. The company has teamed up with Cityzi to take advantage of tags both for virtual cash as well as for travel info and reviews.
Our review of the Acer Liquid Metal
Acer is still a relative newcomer to smartphones, but it's shown signs of evolving quickly. The Liquid Metal (also known as the Liquid MT) is an example of that with better build quality, 14.4Mbps 3G and a radically revamped software suite. We'll find out if it's genuinely better, or if a solid formula has been spoiled, in our Liquid Metal review.
Rogers likely to carry Liquid Mini
Acer unveiled several new devices at CES last week, among them the Acer Liquid Mini E310. This week, Acer’s latest Android 2.2 device gained FCC approval although it is not entirely certain which carrier will land the phone. Rogers Canada is a likely candidate as it already sells the Liquid E.
Acer unveils Liquid Metal in UK first
Acer officially launched the Liquid Metal, its true sequel to the Liquid E. The new Android phone focuses on speed first and has support for 14.4Mbps, HSPA-based 3G on networks that support it. It also upgrades to the same 800MHz MSM7230 Snapdragon found in the T-Mobile G2 and Desire Z.
Acer Liquid Metal made semi-official
Acer today confirmed the existence of the Liquid Metal and gave it a launch schedule. A representative told Electricpig that the Android 2.2 phone is now slated to reach at least the UK by the end of October. The firm declined to confirm either the hardware details or pricing.
Handset first arriving in the UK
Acer's Liquid Stream smartphone is scheduled to be launched in the UK on August 9, according to a listing for the UK electronics retailer Expansys. The device, which first appeared in May, features a 1GHz Snapdragon powering Android 2.1. The UI is presented on a 3.7-inch OLED touchscreen with 800x480 resolution.
Acer 50-dollar Android phone reviewed
Acer is still very much a newcomer to the smartphone arena, but it has been quickly gaining the same reputation it has with computers: cheap but powerful devices for those who like the speed but not the usual price tag. The Liquid E is perhaps the most tempting example: Android 2.1 plus a Snapdragon chip in one of the cheapest contract smartphones should be a promise of success. We'll learn in our Liquid E review if it proves to be a potent cocktail for challenging rivals or if it's sacrificing too much to reach its goals.
Acer CEO shows mystery entry into tablet wars
Acer used a broad product launch today to reveal a surprise entry into the tablet arena. CEO Gianfranco Lanci briefly demonstrated a 7-inch tablet running Android and with a hardware keyboard underneath. He didn't provide any other details of the device in question but said it would ship in the fall and hinted that it would have 3G and sell through carriers with a subsidized price.
Acer Liquid stream to get HD due in October
Acer's next Android flagship was detailed in earnest today thanks to an FCC approval and leaks. The Liquid stream S110 would get a more advanced 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture. It's still expected to run Android 2.1, but it may upgrade to 2.2 or later depending on Acer's release schedule.
Rogers Social View app to hit new Android phones
Rogers today through a series of hints showed it was on the verge of launching not just new smartphones but new plans to match. Both an article for the company's in-house URMagazine and a leak have shown that the Canadian carrier is finally nearing the launch of the Acer Liquid e. The handset will be Rogers' first Android 2.1 device and also one of its best, with a 768MHz Snapdragon, a 3.5-inch 480x800 screen, 720p video playback and a 5-megapixel camera as its definitive traits.
FCC files show Acer Liquid A1 coming to AT&T?
Acer's first smartphone powered by the Android operating system, the Liquid A1, has recently gone through testing at the FCC, with the documents revealing that it will support AT&T's 850/1,900MHz 3G network. Despite this, there is still no official indication from either from AT&T or Acer about when the Liquid A1 is expected to ship for North American consumption. The FCC filing also reveals the phone will carry the S100 designation as part of its full name.
Acer Liquid with Android now out in the UK
While it's slightly behind schedule, Acer's Liquid smartphone with Android is now shipping in the UK, with retailers Expansys and Clove stocking the Android smartphone. The handset, which runs on the 1.6 build, is only available in white so far.