Acer Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2 headed for the UK

Acer Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2 headed for the UKAcer may be a big shot in the PC arena, but when it comes to smartphones it's one of a large group of Android phone makers you invariably forget about when you're thinking of Android phone makers.

Will the Acer Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2 change that? Beats me, but they've been officially announced and are on their way in the next month or two.

We've already covered the Liquid E1, as it happens: it showed up at CES 2013 at the start of the year. But Acer's gone and announced it again, so what the hell, we will too.

It comes packing a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a rather nice looking 4.5in qHD display.

Dual speakers and DTS Sound add another few multimedia plus points, and floating notifications will alert you to an incoming call or the like without totally taking over the screen.

From the mid-range we jump down a notch or two to the entry-level and the Liquid Z2. It too has a 1GHz processor but of the single-core variety, while the screen is an HVGA affair that measures 3.5in across.

We've heard of feature phones pretending to be smartphones, but in courting smartphone first-timers Acer is pitching the Liquid Z2 as just the opposite: a smartphone that tries to behave like a feature phone so users don't feel out of their depth.

Quite how deep that thinking runs remains to be seen – Acer promises “a fluid first time experience” – stop laughing at the back there – and claims “the Android OS learns users' habits and has a very intuitive interface with large icons. It's easy to operate and makes Internet browsing, photography, and listening to music a breeze, especially with the support of AcerCloud.”

There you go. Internet with a capital I.

Rest assured, though, it very much is Android Jelly Bean calling the shots inside, as is the case with the Liquid E1. They'll also both be available in single and dual-SIM variants too.

Engadget reckons we're looking at €199 to €229 (£174 - £200) for the Liquid E1, and €99 to €129 (£86 - £113) for the Liquid Z2. The downside is they'll be arriving in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Ukraine before they land in the UK.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 18:48

Silly - Acer's Cloud Mobile was a rather nice midranger. They deserve better. But with the flood of Androids...

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 18:49

Well the E1 sounds ok, but overpriced and the z2 bit crap and overpriced.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 19:28

Well the E1 sounds ok, but overpriced and the z2 bit crap and overpriced.
Yes, but those prices will go down. But alas... not like they'll get network support. In 6 months half price on Expansys and Amazon.

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 20:00

Which still might be overpriced by that time...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 20:57

True. They should just pretend they never bought Eten :p

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:39

Eten?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:42

Eten were a decent smartphone maker. (Mostly winmo, mostly Asia). Acer bought them to start their mobile strategy.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:44

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-TEN E-Ten Glofish was cool before HTC modernised their winmo range

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:46

Oh thought you meant expansys lol. They've still got e-ten accessories... but no phones so was confused

Pondlife  Feb. 20, 2013 at 21:48

Don't hear good things about the quality of Acer's phones tbh

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2013 at 22:11

Don't hear good things about the quality of Acer's phones tbh

Well, for starters they adopted glass screens much too late... Build is not the greatest.
Though, the Cloud Mobile impressed me. It looks kinda weird in photos, but in real life it'sa very sleek device. Pleasant to hold. Fast and with a gorgeous screen. And Acer always add some neat UI features... But hey, I'm not a very representative Android user.

babylon  Feb. 21, 2013 at 13:39

I'm still using an Acer Stream bought from Expansys over a year ago for 120 quid,.
Built like a brick, Don't care if it breaks so don't treat it to well, Always dropping it at work, And thrown it on a few occasions, Must have been a pretty high end phone in it's day with a very nice 3.7" Amoled screen, But a bit slow these days.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2013 at 13:52

The Stream was an odd mix - very solid hardware and a tad behind under the hood.

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