Acer's affordable Liquid Z5 debuts for Europe
Acer will have numerous devices on display at CES 2014 and one of their newest is a smartphone for those on a budget or buying a smartphone for the first time, the Liquid Z5.
Being a budget phone, the device is no game changer, but what you’ll get for your Euros is a device with a 5-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, dual-core 1.3 GHz processor, 4 GB of storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 MP camera rear-facing camera, front speaker boosted by DTS Sound™ technology and it’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean under the hood.
The device is also 8.8 mm thin, weights only 147 grams and has a rounded edge.
Some of the other features Acer mentions about this phone is “AcerRAPID™ design” that acts as a personal control key, bringing even more one-hand control to the user by allowing users to unlock the phone, wake-up the screen, launch the camera, take a picture, launch apps from home screen and pick up phone calls, and “Acer Float™ User Interface” that allows app windows to stay open, so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. Acer said that with the press of a key, users can brings up the Float Apps shortcut where apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used and it allows access to apps such as the camera, maps, calculator and notes and can be customized with up to 8 app shortcuts.
The camera may also be only 5 MP, but it supports “BSI technology” that enables more light on the sensor than traditional FSI, is said to deliver better low-light sensitivity, and comes with a 5 elements f2.4 lens, instead of traditional 4 elements for sharper images.
Acer’s new Liquid Z5 be available in France, Benelux, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine and UK around mid-January in two colors, “Essential White and Gentle Grey,” for €169.