Acer Formally Reveals Liquid E1 and Z2 On the Heels of MWC


Acer just revealed the first two handsets in their 2013 lineup, one of which we knew about as early as last month. As for the devices, well they're the Liquid E1 and the Liquid Z2, of course.

The latest report confirms that the Liquid E1 will be arriving in the European market, something I'm sure a few of our UK readers will appreciate.


Instead of droning on about what to expect from the devices, I'll get right to it. Here are the listed specs for each device, respectively.

Acer Liquid E1

  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS display
  • 960 x 540 maximum resolution
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of installed RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD expansion slot
  • 1760mAh battery
  • 5MP rear facing camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP front facing webcam/camera
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual speakers with DTS sound
  • Available in dual and single SIM configurations
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The E1 will also include unique "Float" software that aims to prevent pop-ups and notifications from disturbing media playback. No one actually likes pop-ups interrupting their videos, right?


Acer Liquid Z2

  • 3.5" HVGA display
  • 480 x 320 maximum resolution
  • 1Ghz dual-core processor
  • 512MB of installed RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD expansion slot
  • 1300mAh battery
  • Choice between 3MP or 5MP modes, rear facing camera
  • Available in dual and single SIM configurations
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Clearly, the Liquid E1 is a mid-level handset while the Liquid Z2 is entry-level. Judging by the specs, there should be no question on the matter.

No official prices have been announced yet, for either device, but Engadget claims that Acer reached out to them and offered a rough estimate. The Liquid E1 is going to be somewhere in the €199 to €229 range while the Z2 is going to be in the €99 and €129 range.


The devices will be available in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Ukraine at launch. They will also be available in Italy, Russia and the UK at a later date.

Expect more information to be available over the next few days, once MWC kicks off in Barcelona.

Honestly, I don't have much of an opinion on mid to entry level devices, so maybe some members of the AH community could chime in and share what they think of Acer's current lineup?


The press release from Acer is also included below.

Acer Hits Smartphone Market with Launch of Liquid E1 and Z2
BARCELONA, (Feb. 20, 2013) —Acer will be showcasing the first two smartphones of its 2013 line-up targeted at feature phone upgraders, first-time and multimedia users at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Featuring a new industrial design in pearl white and carbon black and dual SIM cards(1) the Acer Liquid E1 and Z2 complements the company's mobile footprint and reinforces Acer's commitment to the smartphone market.

Acer Liquid E1: Cinema Experience with Dual Speakers
Targeted at multimedia users the Liquid E1 features a large 4.5-inch qHD display(2), powerful dual-core processor, optional dual SIM cards(1) and two speakers to smoothly handle multimedia and communication at the same time. The unique Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls or messages by taking over the full screen while using apps or watching videos. Instead, a Float Caller notification window pops up and lets users take calls or reply with quick messages.


Liquid E1 also features an impressive dual-speaker system and DTS Soundâ„¢ for enhanced audio with volume maximization, so users can freely enjoy music stored locally or streamed from their PC through AcerCloud. 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. The zero shutter delay camera captures images momentarily and snaps fast-action sequences with 4-, 8- and 16-burst shooting.

Liquid Z2: Your gateway to the world of Smartphones
The Liquid Z2 features a quick mode navigation tool and a fast 1 GHz processor offering first-time users and feature phone upgraders a fluid first time experience. 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. The versatile 3MP or 5MP camera launches in just 1 second, offers panoramic and multi-angle modes, plus continuous shooting (up to 99 shots) to capture precious moments. SRS Soundâ„¢ immerses users in excellent mobile audio with greater clarity and deeper bass. The enhanced sound is echoed by rhythmic design features including rippling lines along the smartphone's edges. The optional dual SIM cards(1) gives users all the convenience of having two mobiles in one and a great way of saving money by combining two different rate plans or services.

Easy to Share Files and Media
Acer smartphones also support AcerCloud, a file sharing and media management solution that lets users easily retrieve, enjoy and share their multimedia and data files using a variety of computing devices. AcerCloud simplifies management of digital assets across mobile devices, regardless of platform, and is free on new Acer products.


Price and Availability
The Liquid E1 and Z2 will be available to buy in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine followed by Russia, UK and Italy across selective, retail-, telco-, and online channels. Additional information is available at

Visit Acer at Pepcom on February 24 and at MWC at Hybrid Hall – Hall 3, stand 3C154 from February 25 – 28.

Acer Liquid E1 features and specs:
Network: 3G 900/2100 MHz, 2G 850,900,1800, 1900 MHz
Display: 4.5" qHD (960 x 540) with IPS
Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera: 5MP AF with flash LED + 0.3MP front
Speakers: Dual speakers
Additional features: FM Radio, Float Caller, Mood Agent, DTS Soundâ„¢, Acer UI 5.0, AcerCloud,
Google Search, Google Gallery/Music, Gmail, Gtalk, Google
Play Store, YouTube,Polaris Office Editor, Swype text input
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, Dual SIM¹
Sensor: Accelerometer, e-compass, light, proximity
Memory: 4GB ROM(4) + 1GB RAM, micro-SD
Dimension: 132 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 130g
Battery: 1760 mAh


Acer Liquid Z2 features and specs:
Network: 3G 900/2100 MHz, 2G 850,900,1800, 1900 MHz
Display: 3.5" HVGA (480×320)
Chipset: 1GHz
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera: 3MP or 5MP
Additional features: FM Radio, Quick Mode, Google Search, Google Gallery/Music, Gmail, Gtalk, Google Play Store, Google maps, YouTube, SRS Soundâ„¢, Swype text input
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, Dual SIM¹
Sensor: Accelerometer, light, proximity
Memory: 4GB ROM(4) + 512MB RAM, micro-SD
Dimension: 110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm, 110g
Battery: 1300 mAh

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