Acer announces Liquid E2 smartphone with quad-core processor, optional dual SIM slots

We haven't heard much from Acer on the smartphone front since it announced a pair of handsets at Mobile World Congress, but the company's now back with another that it hopes will improve its standing in markets outside North America: the Liquid E2. Expectedly, this one is an update to the E1, and includes a bump up from a dual-core to a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and the addition of an optional dual-SIM card slot (availability of it will depend on the particular market). Otherwise, you'll get a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, an 8 megapixel camera that promises "zero shutter delay," the same dual-speakers 'round back found on the E1, and stock Jelly Bean for an OS. There's no word yet of this one making its way over here, but you can look for it to hit the UK, France, Germany and a number of other countries in early-to-mid-May for €229, or just under $300.

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Acer Liquid E2:
instantly catch everything

Editor's Summary:
· Quad-core processor and 42 Mbps connectivity[1] so that everything loads quickly
· Awesome stereo audio via dual speakers and DTS Sound™
· 8MP camera with fast continuous shooting and crisp 1080p video at 30 fps, to capture the best moments

Bioggio (Switzerland), April 24, 2013– Following the success of the Liquid E1 and Z2, Acer today unveiled the Liquid E2 smartphone. This is the latest addition to the lineup and the third smartphone Acer launched since the beginning of the year, further strengthening the company commitment to the smartphone market.

Targeted at multimedia user, the Liquid E2 is the first Acer quad-core phone with optional dual[2] SIM card slot giving users all the convenience of having two mobiles in one and easily manage personal and business communications. High-performance quad-core processor combined with an HSPA+ (up to 42 Mbps) data connection lets favorite apps react quickly and flow smoothly, while web pages and streaming media load very quickly. Everything responds instantly.

The Liquid E2 is equipped with a zero shutter delay 8MP camera, so every moment can be instantly caught when the capture button is pressed. With speedy continuous shooting, users can take up to 8 pictures per second just by holding down the camera softkey. While the camera lets users capture everything around them, the large 4.5" qHD display based on IPS technology with wide viewing angle allows enjoying photos or videos with friends or family.The camera is also capable of recording crisp 1080p videos at 30 fps so that any event will be memorable.

Liquid E2 also features an impressive dual-speaker system and DTS Sound™ for enhanced audio with volume maximization, so users can enjoy their favorite music at its best. The integrated Moodagent creates music playlists based on an individual's mood or uses songs from the library to create playlists that not only matches a person's mood, but also a specific taste in music.


Pricing and Availability
The Acer Liquid E2 will be available in Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, followed by Spain, UK, Italy, Germany and Russia starting from mid-May at a suggested price of €229. The Acer Liquid E2 will be available in two colours: Rock Black and Classic White.


Liquid E2 Specifications
Size
Dimensions
131 x 68 x 9.9 mm

Weight
140 g (with battery)
Battery
Talk time
Talk time: up to 9 h

Standby time
Standby: up to 450 h

Capacity
2000 mAh
Radio
HSPA
900 / 2100 MHz (42Mbps DL, 11Mbps UL)

GSM / EDGE
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Processing
CPU / Modem
Quad Core 1.2 GHz

ROM / RAM
4 GB / 1 GB
Imaging
Camera
8 MP AF with flash LED, BSI sensor + 2MP front
Display
LCD
4.5" qHD

Touch screen
Cap. Touch
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth / FM
Class 3.0+EDR / FM receiver

GPS
Yes, with A-GPS support

Micro-SD slot
Yes

SIM slot
Dual SIM or Single SIM*

Micro-USB
Yes

Audio output
3.5mm audio jack, Dual speaker
Sensors
Sensors on board
Accelerometer, e-compass, light sensor, proximity Sensor
Hard keys
Volume
Volume Up / Down keys

Power
Power key
OS
Version
Android Jelly Bean
UI
Version
Android default
Text Entry
Keyboard
Google virtual keyboard / SWYPE Input Method
Messaging
Universal inbox
SMS, MMS, E-mail

Email
Gmail

IM
Gtalk
Web
Browser
Android Browser

Search
Google Search
Entertainment
Video, Music
Google default

Video streaming
YouTube

Social network
Facebook
Productivity
Push mail
Gmail

PC sync
Google Cloud sync

Cloud sync
Acer Cloud

Office
Polaris Editor
Location-based Services
A-GPS
Satellite Data Update

Maps & directions
Google Maps, Latitude, Street View
Online Store
App download
Google Play Store
Online Update

FOTA
SAR

0.227 W/kg (Head, CE)

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About Acer
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