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Acer takes aim at Moto G with feature-packed 4G Liquid Jade Z

Sporting a 5-inch HD screen, 4G and a slender, sexy body, the Acer Liquid Jade Z looks to be a serious Moto G rival boasting a very similar price point.

As well as its very first Windows Phone handset, Acer used MWC 2015 to reveal its most enticing Android handset to date, the Liquid Jade Z. Check out our full Liquid Jade Z hands-on review.

This Jade Z packs a 5-inch 720p screen like the Motorola Moto G (current king of mid-range mobiles), an IPS panel boasting zero-gap technology and Corning Gorilla Glass for added protection. However, Acer has also crammed in Cat 4 4G support, something sorely lacking on the standard Moto G, which is great news if you’re constantly piddling around online or streaming Netflix.

Acer has thrown in a few bonus features too, like built-in sat nav app Acer Nav (built in conjunction with TomTom) and Acer Extend for pairing up seamlessly with your laptop.

Performance should be perfectly slick thanks to the 64-bit 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek processor, although that chipset also means that the Liquid Jade Z comes with Android KitKat 4.4 rather than Lollipop. Acer couldn’t confirm if a Lollipop upgrade was on the cards.

And while the Moto G contended with just an 8-megapixel snapper, the Liquid Jade Z goes all-out with a 13-megapixel lens with f/1.8 aperture for low-light shots. Of course, more megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better shots, but we’ll be sure to test out the Jade Z’s camera in our hands-on review. You also have a 5-megapixel snapper for those essential selfies.

Despite the budget price, Acer hasn’t opted for a cheap and cheerful design. The Jade Z At 7.9mm and 120g it’s respectably slim and light, rocking some sultry curves which hopefully should fit well in the hand.

You can snatch up Acer’s Liquid Jade Z from March here in the UK, and the €199 asking price should translate to between £130 and £160. Full hands-on review coming soon.