We've news today that Acer are going to announce the Liquid Jade S device at the CES, Consumer Electronics Show. The Liquid Jade S is the follow up to the Liquid Jade, which was released last year. It's described by Acer as "a work of art" and I admit, it's a stylish piece of kit, too. It's not as inexpensive as we are used to; Acer have given the Liquid Jade S and $300 price tag. The 'phone is based around an oct core MediaTek MT6752M processor, which is a new generation 64-bit processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and based around the ARM Cortex-A53 processor. Clock for clock, the Cortex-A53 is reputed to be both more powerful and more efficient than the older generation Cortex-A7 processor. In addition to being a 64-bit processor the MT6752M also includes Category 4 high speed LTE support, a higher specification Mali T760 GPU and better optimized GPS performance. There's 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, plus a MicroSD card. The Liquid Jade S comes with a 5.0-inch, 1080p display, A 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facer for selfies. Acer provide customers with dual Nano SIM slots and an internal, non-removable 2,300 mAh battery. The device is just 7.8mm thin, too.
Acer have given the Liquid Jade S some clever software features, including voice commands to trigger the camera and AcerEXTEND, which allows users to control the smartphone from their computer, which is great for when you need to do a lot of typing. Acer are also bundling AcerNAV, an offline navigation application that's underpinned by TomTom. The device will run Android 4.4 Kit Kat at launch and an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop is promised "later in 2015." As Android Lollipop supports 64-bit code, the upgrade to Lollipop may yield some important performance improvements.
Looking through the specification list above, the Liquid Jade S looks a solid mid-range device, if a little expensive. The only weakness would appear to be the relatively small size of the battery, at 2,300 mAh, with a 5.0-inch display. This matches the LG Nexus 5 on paper, but of course the Acer uses different underlying hardware. We'll have a better idea of battery life once the device is released. Writing of this, we're not sure where it'll be sold around the world nor when it'll be available, but we'll keep you in the loop when we find out.