TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Acer announced its second generation 'phablet' device on Monday, the Acer Liquid S2, which is the world's first smartphone capable of shooting 4K video.
Announced ahead of IFA in Berlin where the handset will make its debut, the Acer Liquid S2 is able to record 4K Ultra HD video with its 13MP rear-facing camera. This sees the firm beating Sony and Samsung to this, with the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone rumoured to offer the same capability. This camera also boasts a F2.2 28mm lens, a BSI sensor and an LED ring flash, and will be paired with a 2MP wide-angle front-facing camera.
Beyond its high-end camera functionality, the Liquid S2 is undoubtedly the firm's highest specification smartphone device to date. Improving on the Acer Liquid S1, it has a 6in 1920x1080 resolution full HD 1080p touchscreen, a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system as well as 2GB of RAM.
Acer boasts that the Liquid S2 comes with the latest WiFi 802.11ac standard as well as 4G LTE support, which means that the handset is capable of reaching data speeds of 150Mbps. However, Brits needn't get their hopes up, as UK 4G networks don't support such speeds yet.
Looking to steal market share from the big name Android phone makers, the Acer Liquid S2 also features 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, a 3,300mAh battery and Acer's Float user interface, adding custom sofware features such as Quick First Shot and Panorama mode.
Acer said that the Liquid S2 will go on sale in Europe towards the end of October, although there's no word on pricing or availability yet. From the looks of Acer's press photos the phone will be available in multiple colours, including black and red. µ
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