Acer might be suffering in the PC market and is bleeding money all-around, but that can’t stop the Taiwanese from becoming a more and more important player in the Android décor. Besides unleashing one of the most dangerous Nexus 7 opponents, the dirt-cheap Iconia Tab A1, Acer is stepping things up in the smartphone world with the Liquid E2 Duo.
This big guy comes just a few months after the official intro of the Liquid E1 and is definitely the closest Acer has ever gotten to a truly high-end handheld.
Sure, the E2 doesn’t have what it takes to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One, but it ticks all the right boxes to be an ideal device for speed addicts on a budget. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and list the thing’s spec sheet before anything:
- 4.5-inch IPS display with qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution
- Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB of on-board storage
- MicroSD support
- Primary 8 MP camera
- Front-facing 2 MP snapper
- 2,000 mAh battery
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
- DTS Sound enhancements
- 131 x 68 x 9.9 mm dimensions
- 140 grams weight
As you can see, not all the pieces of the puzzle are in place yet. The biggest question relates to the CPU, whose make and model we don’t know at this time. Chances are it’s going to be a power-saving MediaTek unit, in which case the Liquid E2 would basically be as zippy (or as laggy) as phones with dual-core Snapdragon S4 inside.
That’s far from ideal, as are the 4 gigs of internal memory. We’re not big fans of the design either, with the 4.5-incher being chunkier than the E1 and even heavier than the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S3.
But, looking at the half full part of the glass, we have to give up to Acer for the on-board Jelly Bean, decent 8 MP camera, dual-SIM support and especially price point. Oh, right, I didn’t mention the pricing yet.
The Acer Liquid E2 Duo will be made available across Europe and Asia in mid-May for… wait for it… €229. That’s roughly 300 bucks, which is not bad for a 4.5-inch quad-core phone with Jelly Bean. Not bad at all!