Acer announces Liquid S2: 6in HD IPS, 13MP, 4K video, Snapdragon 800

Acer announces Liquid S2: 6in HD IPS, 13MP, 4K video, Snapdragon 800I was just moaning about LG firing out press releases days before IFA opens its doors, and here Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has done, well, exactly the same thing.

To be fair, the Acer Liquid S2 actually sounds pretty impressive, certainly more so than the middle-of-the-road Liquid S1.

Like the LG G Pad 8.3, the Acer Liquid S2 will make its formal debut at IFA later this week, and in the meantime we’re getting the lowdown in glorious black and white.

The headline claim is that the Acer Liquid S2 is the world’s first smartphone to offer 4K video recording, possibly stealing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s thunder (it launching on September 4). Indeed, the same feature is tipped for the Sony Xperia i1, too.

There are also some fancy Acer Liquid S2 camera features (it’s 13MP on the rear, incidentally), including Quick First Shot (take a picture straight from the lock screen), Smart Best Shot (takes multiple shots for best selection), and Favourite Mode (up to five different profiles with cutomised effects).

Other key Acer Liquid S2 specs include a full HD 6in IPS display (368 PPI), LTE compatibility, 2MP front shooter capable of 1080p video capture, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage (with support for up to 128GB microSD), Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2), and a meaty 3,300mAh battery.

Sounds pretty good to us. Expect more Acer Liquid S2-flavoured juice later this week, though we're already told to expect an October release. Fancy it?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 14:05

No LED/flash on a camera-centric device? Or are those early mock-ups?
Anyhoo, this being Acer we may never actually get to buy this, right? (Iconia Smart owners, pipe up now)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 14:49

Ah, my bad - the ring around the camera lens opening is the flash! http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/02/acer-6-inch-liquid-s2-smartphone/

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 15:26

A decent price and stock Android would make this a very tempting device. I think the black one looks very nice.

corgi74  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:15

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:17

16gb would be enough to do approx 25 seconds of 4K video
Brilliant

http://web.forret.com/tools/video_fps.asp?width=4096&height=2160&fps=24&interlace=on&depth=12&title=Digital+Cinema+4K

Yeah, 4K video capture is a little pointless, especially considering the fact that basically no one owns a 4K TV or monitor yet, so there's no way of playing the video back at anything beyond 1080p yet anyway.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:31

It'll be so seriously compressed that it'll be pointless.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:33

It'll be so seriously compressed that it'll be pointless.
Yep, high resolution; terrible quality. I'll stick with the nice looking 1080p video which current phones produce.

corgi74  Sep. 2, 2013 at 21:14

But it sounds good on an advert
'The world's first 4K smartphone'

Forget whether it's useful. It sounds cool.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 21:34

But it sounds good on an advert
'The world's first 4K smartphone'

Forget whether it's useful. It sounds cool.
Like dual-quadcore and "multi-window" and 30GB RAM of which 29 are useless :p Or water-proof ™ but not waterproof

Seriously, instead of 4k, how about something similar to what HTC did with photos? Get a decent balance of screensize-appropriate quality and filesize?! 5 minutes of HD video on the Galaxy Camera are over a GB in size! THAT IS LUDICROUS for a mobile device with limited storage. Innovate. Use MKV with some good tweaks, or find something better.

Twitter, Tumblr etc - most services won't let you upload full-sized pics. And uploading a 2GB 5 minute clip to Youtube? Come on :p Sell mobile, think mobile. Just cause fr*gging iTunes movies now clock in at 5-6GB?! Why are we intend on wasting every gain we make? As storage increases and price comes down, we p*ss it all away for imagined gains in quality.

corgi74  Sep. 2, 2013 at 21:46

Unfortunately most manufacturers couldn't care less. As long as people hear 4K (or similar) and think 'I've heard of that. It's supposed to be really good so I must have this phone' the manufacturers will be very happy.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 22:06

Unfortunately most manufacturers couldn't care less. As long as people hear 4K (or similar) and think 'I've heard of that. It's supposed to be really good so I must have this phone' the manufacturers will be very happy.

True. Sadly.

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