When you hear the name Acer, the first thing that comes to mind are probably the likes of PCs and laptops. However, similar to other companies that make electronic equipment, a while ago the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to try its hand at smartphones. It looks like is wasn’t just a fling and here’s the proof. This week at WMC, Acer unveiled two new Liquid Z Android phones alongside the Liquid Jade Z and Windows Liquid M220.
Acer Liquid Jade Z
The most high-end of the bunch is the Acer Liquid Jade Z. To begin with, the phone packs a 5-inch HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Moreover, the screen is made with Zero Air Gap technology which is supposed to help with eliminating reflections this way improving reading experience.
The device is powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor (either the MT6732 or newer MT6735) and comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with f1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel f2.2 aperture front-facing camera. It also supports up to Cat.4 LTE data speeds.
Acer Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520
The Acer Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 belong to the other end of the spectrum – both offer pretty entry-level specs. The Z220 has a 4-inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Camera setup includes a 5-megapixel rear sensor and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Z520 packs a 5-inch screen and a larger 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and other than that it’s basically identical to the Z220.
Both phones will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and will include Acer’s Quick Mode with 3 distinct profiles for different customer and age groups. Basic Mode will be especially useful to young users thanks to fixed call and text functions. Older audience will enjoy Easy Mode with easy access to quick messages, radio, weather, clock and quick call contacts. There is also a Standard Mode for those who know the way around Android.
Acer Liquid M220 Windows Phone
In addition to Android phones, Acer also unveiled one Windows Phone device – the Liquid M220. Like the Liquid Z handsets, the M220 is a pretty low-end offering featuring a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel selfie cam, which can also be voice operated. The phone will be released with Windows Phone 8.1 on board but is expected to receive Windows 10 update in the near future.
Pricing and Availability
Apparently Acer is taking the whole smartphone business pretty seriously. The phones may be way below HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6 standards but let’s not forget that the company is targeting a different group of users – those who are on a rather tight budget.
The Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z220 will go on sale later this month and will cost €199 (about $222) and €89 (or $99), respectively. The Liquid Z520 will be available in April with a price tag of €109 that is approximately $122. The Liquid M220 is also scheduled to arrive in April priced at €79 or about $88. The first market to welcome the phones is Europe and at moment there is no word on US release.