Just when we were starting to think that every new phone had to be a hulking dual-core beast with a massive screen, along comes Acer with the refreshingly compact Liquidmini. In fact, by today's standards the Liquidmini's 3.2in screen size is not so much compact as minute, but this is very much a budget handset – think HTC Wildfire for a decent comparison.
However, while the Wildfire does its best to look like an HTC Desire Lite, Acer seems to be going for cheap and cheerful with the Liquidmini, giving you a choice of five colours – blue, silver, pink, green and black.
To be fair though, it's better looking than the Wildfire regardless of colour, with the Liquid family look having translated well to the smaller screen size.
It's fairly well equipped for a budget phone, too. See below for the vital stats, but that 600MHz Qualcomm processor certainly stands out as being fairly meaty considering the rest of the spec.
As with other Liquid models, Acer has stuck its own custom UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, promising speedier access to social networks, email and the like.
We've yet to hear any specifics on price, but Acer has promised the Liquidmini will be heading to the UK in April 2011.
Acer Liquidmini – vital statistics
- 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor
- 3.2in 480 x 320 capacitive touchscreen
- 5-megapixel camera, with 480p video recording
- Android 2.2 Froyo with Acer UI
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA connectivity
- MicroSD expansion slot (2GB card included)