Acer launches new Android smartphones, tablets, and Chromebook at IFA

Acer is off to a huge start for its 2015 showing at the annual IFA trade show. Today sees the company introducing a whole slew of new consumer products, a handful of which happen to fall into the AndroidGuys wheelhouse. Among the fresh crop are four Android smartphones, an Android tablet, and a convertible Chromebook.

Liquid Smartphones

Whereas each of the smartphones has its own unique specs or selling point, they all share several features. Acer BluelightShield, for instance, limits the exposure of blue light from the display, making it less likely to keep you wide awake in bed as you browse Reddit.

The DTS Studio Sound offers up high-quality audio for movies, music, and games while Acer QuickMode provides three distinct layout designs for specific user types: Standard, Easy, and Basic.

  • Standard Mode for those familiar with a smartphones;
  • Easy Mode for those who are just learning
  • Basic Mode that offers a range of protective options for kids offers Kids Center, a protected environment with parental control

The Acer Liquid UI has been refreshed and is touted as more consumer friendly than in past iterations. Key applications are designated “Float Apps” and take up a small portion of the screen, providing quick access to browser, calendar, maps, and more.

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Select models also include camera software enhancements for selfies and other shots. Gourmet mode, Favorite Shot and Bright Magic Selfie are designed to help produce better images in various situations.

Standout features of the various models:

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Liquid Z630 “Big on Power and Size”

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 5.1
  • quad-core 1.3GHz processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 4000mAh

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Liquid Z630S

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 5.1
  • octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 4000mAh

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Liquid Z530 “Perfect Selfie Smartphone”

  • 5-inch HD IPS display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel 84 degree wide-angle front-facing camera
  • Android 5.1
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB/2GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB storage
  • Cat4 LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity

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Liquid Z530S

  • 5-inch HD IPS display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel 84 degree wide-angle front-facing camera
  • Android 5.1
  • ocata-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Cat4 LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity

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Liquid Z330 – “Android for Everyone”

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 4.5-inch WVGA wide view angle display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Android 5.1
  • 5-megapixel front facing camera
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • Cat4 LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity

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Liquid Z320 – “Pocket Friendly Android”

  • Qualcomm MSM 8209 processor
  • 4.5-inch WVGA wide view angle display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Android 5.1
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 3G connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity

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For now, the aforementioned smartphones will be sold in Europe, Middle East, and African markets. Pricing ranges between €129 and €199, depending on model and country.

Predator 8

Considered a dedicated gaming tablet, the Acer Predator 8 is an 8-inch FHD (1920 x 1200 pixel) experience that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Powered by an Intel Atom x7 processor, the tablet is a mere 8.7mm thick and weighs only 350 grams.

To ensure you hear every little music note or game sound effect, the slate boasts a four array front-facing speaker setup with virtual surround. For an added aesthetic touch, Acer has included a red stainless steel mesh which delivers a distinct, if not aggressive look.

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Key hardware includes up to 64GB internal storage with microSD support for up to 128GB external space and 802.11a/b/g/n wireless  with 2×2 MIMO support.

The Acer Predator 8 will be available starting on November 6; Newegg gets a two week exclusive followed by other retailers. The tablet will sell for $299 and will be pre-loaded with Asphalt 8 and 320,000 game credits ($50 value).

Chromebook R11

As Acer’s first convertible Chromebook, the R11 is the perfect type of device for users who like to write, edit, and create documents and media. Powered by an Intel Celeron processor, this one can be transitioned into four different modes:  laptop, pad, display and tent.

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The 11.6-inch display allows for ten-point touch and features a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Other specifications include a USB 3.0 port, 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless support, and 360-degree hinge.

The Chromebook R11 will be offered in North America as early as October with prices that start at $299. We might assume this to mean multiple storage capacities and memory options are on the horizon.

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