Acer announces Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4 budget smartphones for the UK

Acer announces Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4 budget smartphones for the UKAcer is all about the budget end of the smartphone spectrum these days, and it's just announced a pair of attractively priced handsets for the UK market – the Acer Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4.

With price tags under £200 and £100 respectively, the duo will be on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week before hitting the shelves locally in April.

The Liquid E3 is the larger and more expensive of the pair, boasting a 4.7in IPS display and 8.9mm-thick chassis. The processor is a quad-core job clocked at 1.2GHz, but there's only 1GB of RAM in support and just 4GB of storage.

Camera-wise you do pretty well for a low-to-mid-range device: the main camera around the back is a 13MP unit with LED flash and what Acer claims is “ultra-fast” focusing, while the 2MP unit on the front has its own LED flash, something we've not come across before.

Another unique feature is the Acer RAPID key around the back, which lets you answer calls, launch the camera or unlock the phone with a single press.

Sadly it's just Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board at launch, though Acer has promised an Android 4.4 KitKat update.

The Acer Liquid E3 will be a Three exclusive when it arrives in April, and will go for €199 (£164). Moving on to the Liquid Z4, it's a far more basic offering, giving you a 4in display, a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, a 5MP main camera with f/2.4 aperture and LED flash, 4GB of expandable storage, and like the Liquid E3, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean at launch, though there's nothing on whether it'll also in line for a KitKat update.

This one is the real budget-beater of the two, having been tagged with a price tag of just €99 (£82). Will that be low enough to lure would-be bargain hunters from saving up a bit more for the likes of the Motorola Moto G?

Hard to say, but it may depend on how well Acer does at getting the word out. And judging by the little or nothing that the vast majority of the population knows about Acer's mobile devices, we'd say it has its work cut out.

Via Pocket-lint

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