There's another new phablet on the scene, folks: it's the Acer Liquid S1, a 5.7-incher packing the latest Haswell generation of Intel Core processors.
Announced at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the Liquid S1 runs a barely tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – possibly a clever move given the sudden focus on pure Android.
As far as the basic spec goes, the Liquid S1 is right down the middle for a phablet. It boasts a 5.7in display running at 1280 x 720, along with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek and 1GB of RAM.
It's familiar fare on the camera front too: 8GB/2GB snappers, capable of shooting 1080p and 720p HD videos respectively. The front-facing cam features a 24mm lens capable of 88-degree viewing angles for those conference calls.
Acer's Float UI sits atop Android 4.2, but it's a light touch. Hold down the Option key for a few seconds and up will pop a transparent overlay of “Float Apps”, modified versions of core apps such as maps, the calculator and the main camera.
Select one of these Float Apps and it'll launch in limited form without requiring you to exit the app you're already in.
Similarly, the Float Caller feature enables you to handle incoming calls through a small on-screen window without disrupting whatever you're already doing, giving you the option to answer or reject calls, or respond via message.
Also on board is Acer Cloud Docs, a cloud-based service for wirelessly accessing and editing office documents on the go.
Acer says we'll be seeing the Liquid S1 land in the UK sometime in Q3, with an expected SIM-free price tag of around £300.
Via The Inquirer