Acer unveiled its first Intel-powered smartphone, the Liquid C1. The phone made a brief appearance at Consumer Electronics Show last month in Las Vegas but unnamed at that time did not get much attention. Now the phone has been given a proper official launch and is expected to be released first in Thailand this month, and then in other South Asian markets at a price of $335 without a contract.
Acer Liquid C1 Intel Phone – Overview
The Acer Liquid C1 is definitely not something you would call a high-end device, but the specs sheet does not look that bad either, especially considering the fact of the low price. The handset offers a 4.3-inch IPS display with 960 x 540 pixels, HSPA, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS navigation, and Bluetooth 2.1 and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Liquid C1 is powered by a single-core 1.2 GHz Atom Z2420 Lexington processor, which is powerful enough to handle 8 megapixel camera with burst shooting. Other features include VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory expandable via MicroSD card slot, and a 2,000 mAh battery which should give you up to 9 hours of talk time.
Intel is not one of the major players on the mobile market, at least for now. The lack of success was due partly to technical difficulties to make its chips power-efficient enough in order to be suitable for use in mobile device, and party to the fact that its competitors are such strong companies as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung. The use of the Intel-made chip in a smartphone may imply that significant changes in the game are about to take place. Stay tuned to see what happens next.