Everyone seems to be gearing for the holiday season, and Taiwanese Acer is no exception. The company's flagship, the Liquid S1, announced during Computex in June is barely out of the door and we're already catching a whiff of leaks talking up its successor.
The source of this somewhat surprising news is an allegedly official Acer roadmap, which, among others, gives us a peek at the Liquid S2, codenamed Hemingway. If we're to trust said roadmap, we should be hearing about Acer's new phablet fairly soon, perhaps in time to launch an offensive on the Note III. From the information we already have on Samsung's new toy, it would take one seriously solid phablet to even hope to disturb Sammy's incumbent position. On that account, from the looks of it, folks, the Acer Liquid S2 may just prove a worthy rival.
Put more explicitly, Acer's new phablet is set to come packing some bleeding edge hardware:
a 5.98-inch 1080p IPS display
an unnamed 2.3GHz quad-core processor which we assume is the Snapdragon 800 (keep in mind that the Liquid S1 made use of a MediaTek SoC)
2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage
NFC and LTE support
the roadmap lists “K OS”, possibly referring to Android 5.0 or Key Lime Pie
a premium price tag of about $790
All of this sounds plausible, with the exception of the Android 5.0 part. Considering the launch date is set for the end of the third quarter, we find it hard to believe that Acer's phablet will come running Android 5.0 out of the box. This seems especially true given that Android juggernaut Samsung and its Note III phablet has been confirmed, and reconfirmed to run Android 4.3.
As always, take this with a pinch of salt, and stay tuned for more coverage.