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Acer outs budget Liquid E3 and Z4 Android smartphones

Ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress
Thu Feb 20 2014, 10:18

TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Acer has unveiled two smartphones ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Acer Liquid E3 and the Liquid Z4.

The Acer Liquid E3 is the more interesting of the two, as despite its low €199 price, the handset features a 13MP rear-facing camera, complete with what Acer calls "ultra-fast" focus and a f/1.8 lens.

Acer said, "Users are no longer restricted to require good lighting in order to take vivid images, with high-speed image processing, brilliant low light photos are captured with high brightness allowing users to take images wherever and whenever they fancy."

Acer Liquid E3 with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Beyond its camera, the Acer Liquid E3 boasts a 4.7in IPS touchscreen powered by an as yet unspecified quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Google's ageing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, Acer has said that the handset will be upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat later this year.

The Acer Liquid E3 also comes with 4GB of internal storage, WiFi connectivity and measures just 8.9mm thick.

The Acer Liquid Z4 isn't quite so highly specified, with the phone featuring a 4in display, a dual-core 1.7GHz processor and a 5MP rear-facing camera.

Acer Liquid Z4 with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Like its high-end sibling, it also runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, although Acer didn't mention whether it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 Kitkat. Given the handset's low-end specifications, we suspect that might be unlikely.

Both the Acer Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4 will arrive in the UK in April, priced at €199 and €99, respectively. The Acer Liquid E3 will also be available on the Three network.

We'll try out these two smartphones at MWC next week, so check back then for our first impressions. µ 


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