Acer took the wraps off from Android smartphones, a Windows Phone-powered handset and a smartband
The first day of big announcements at MWC 2015 has begun. One of the early-birds at the event is Acer. For the joy of its users and fans the company unveiled 4 new smartphones and an upgrade to its smartband. A trio of Android-running handsets debuted on 1st of March – Acer Liquid Z220, Liquid Z520 and Liquid Jade Z accompanied by the Windows Phone-powered Liquid M220 and the smartband Acer Liquid Leap+.
The low-end additions to the Liquid Z series are the 4-inched Acer Liquid Z220 and the 5-incher Acer Liquid Z520. Both handsets boast a resolution of 800 x 480p. The smaller device arrives with a dual-core processor 1.2 GHz with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chip and 1GB RAM. The storage in the entry-level device is 8GB and there is an option to add more by using the provided microSD slot for cards. Software-wise the new smartphones do not disappoint. They operate on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The camera of Liquid Z220 is a 5MP rear snapper. A snapper with 2MP is set on front. It supports the ordinary connectivity features for this category – Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G.
Liquid Z520 is outfitted with CPU with four cores and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip. Just like its smaller sibling it works with 1GB RAM and 8GB native memory by default. The handset is compatible for microSD cards. Liquid Z520 stands out with a 8MP camera n the backplate. It has a 2MP camera on the opposite side. Among the key features of the model are the equipped DTS studio sound speakers on the backplate.
Both smartphones will hit the markets this spring, offered in black and white shells. The Liquid Z220 is expected to be officially released some time in March for €89 while the Liquid Z520 will be up-for-grabs in April for €109.
Acer Liquid Jade Z is the more high-end new member of the Z family. It sports a 5-inch 720p screen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone arrives with 64-bit processor with MediaTek chipset integrated in its gut. The mobile OS pre-installed on the phone is Android 5.0 Lollipop. The couple of cameras integrated in Liquid Jade Z includes a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front sensor. The connectivity capabilities of the mid-ranger include support for LTE. It will be available to buy in March, in black and white color options for €199.
Acer Liquid M220 is the new smartphone running on Windows Phone 8.1. The model can be upgraded to the Windows Phone 10 when it starts rolling-out. The handset is relatively small, outfitted with a 4-inch screen with WVGA resolution. A dual-core CPU 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM powers the phone. It has only 4GB storage on board, but fortunately it is expandable. The device supports dual-SIM. It comes with a 5MP back snapper and a 2MP camera for video calls. The cell integrated in the smartphone is with a capacity of 1300mAh. Some of the apps pre-installed on the Liquid M220 are Skype, Office, Cortana and OneDrive. The smartphone is purposed for developing markets across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. It will be released in April for €79. It will be released in Pure White and Mystic Black.
Last, but not least, Acer unveiled the Acer Liquid Leap+ smartband which pretty much is an upgrade to the current Liquid Leap. The new device is compatible with the platforms Windows, Android and iOS. It is outfitted with 1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 32 x 128p. It is water- and dust-resistant with IPX7 certificate. The cell that gives juice of the Liquid Leap + can keep it running for 5-7 days in normal usage. The smartband boasts biometric sensors and capabilities of fitness trackers. The band of the device is made of colored rubber. The new wearable tech will be available to buy this spring for €79.