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Acer launches wallet-friendly Liquid smartphones

Check out the Acer Liquid E3 and Acer Liquid Z4 mobiles ahead of their official MWC 2014 launch…

Acer has jumped the MWC 2014 gun, launching two new smartphones before the show even kicks off. The Acer Liquid E3 is a 4.7-inch mobile that offers some interesting camera tech for just €199, while the Acer Liquid Z4 is a €99 phone that should appeal to Android lovers on a tight budget.

 

Acer Liquid E3

The most interesting thing about the 4.7-inch Liquid E3 is its camera tech, which sounds promising considering the #199 price tag. First up is a 13-megapixel rear camera, which uses a f1.8 aperture lens. That’s wider than your typical smartphone lens, which should help to suck in plenty of light if the room you’re in is a little dark – here’s to an end to murky pub shots on Facebook.

Acer Liquid E3 smartphone launches ahead of MWC 2014

Of course, one problem with a wide aperture is the potential for shaky, blurry shots if your hand wobbles or your subject moves about. Thankfully Acer promises an ultra-fast focus, which hopefully means shots will take in an instant to prevent or limit blur.

You also get a front-facing 2-megapixel camera that packs a flash, so you can take selfies in the dark. If that’s your bag.

The Liquid E3 has a 4.7-inch IPS screen with HD resolution, as well as a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. You have just 4GB of internal storage and it’ll ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but Acer has promised a KitKat upgrade later in the year.

Expect to see the Acer Liquid E3 in Europe from April, for €199.

 

Acer Liquid Z4

If your budget’s even tighter, take a look at the Acer Liquid Z4 instead. At just €99, this 4-inch Android mobile offers some decent features, and should handle everyday tasks such as web browsing and email with ease.

Acer Liquid E3 smartphone launches ahead of MWC 2014

The Liquid Z4 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean like the Liquid E3, but there’s no impending KitKat upgrade this time. Acer has tweaked the usual Android interface and now you get a range of modes to suit different users. As well as the normal ‘Classic’ mode, there’s an Easy mode for the older generation, which gives quick access to messages, contacts and other basic apps, plus a magnification function to see the screen more clearly. Keypad mode is for people who are constantly calling (although we’d suggest just getting a keypad mobile such as Nokia’s Asha range if that’s your priority) and Basic mode is aimed at kids, with fixed functions that parents can control.

A dual-core 1.3GHz processor powers the phone, so while you won’t be playing intensive games such as GTA San Andreas, you should hopefully get a smooth experience from your usual apps. A 5-megapixel camera with f2.4 lens, plus 4GB of storage, round off the features.

The Acer Liquid Z4 should be out in April, for €99.

 

Here’s a sneak peek of the Liquid E3 courtesy of Three, who will be selling the device:

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