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Acer Liquid X2: first look

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Acer Liquid X2: first look

You have the big boys, and then you have the small fish in the sea – that’s how the smartphone market rolls nowadays. The big names, of course, include names like Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC, they’re the ones expected to deliver quality, high-spec’d smartphones. On the other hand of the spectrum, we have the other handful who are either taking it slow, or rushing to gain a foothold. Acer has never been a notable player in the space, especially here in the US, but abroad in markets like Asia and Europe, they still retain a decent following.

During Acer’s most recent press event in New York City, the company teased its Acer Liquid X2 – a phablet of sorts that looks mighty attractive. Unfortunately, though, the units were all locked down under glass, so we’re only able to catch glances of the upcoming phone. First, let’s talk about the specs! Here’s what you can expect from this one

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 64-bit octa-core processor
  • 13-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with f/1.8 aperture lens
  • 13-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Tri-SIM support
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Quick Touch Flip

From what we can gather, the Liquid X2 features some sort of textured pattern with its casing. It’s tough to discern, but we do like how the handset’s surfaces are uniformly flush – so there’s no hump or bulge near or around the camera. Also, it appears that there’s either some kind of glossy finish to the casing, or possibly some other kind of protective material. Either way, the various colors it’s going to be offered in helps to provide prospective buyers with some options.

Even though very little was mentioned in regards to the software, the units on hand were showing off the optional Quick Touch Flip covers – similar to some of the smart covers we see with other phones. Essentially, this case has a long opening along the front, where various notifications and apps are accessible. For example, there were ones offering access to the phone’s connectivity options, another one that allows us to make an audio recording, and even one for the weather. However, we’re unable to determine the look of the actual display, since none of them were really on.

Other notable aspects of the phone include its beefy 4000 mAh battery, which should help propel this phone to carry folks throughout the day. In addition, global trotters will especially take a liking to its Tri-SIM support. Dual-SIM phones are obviously useful for the business minded users, as one is used for personal, and the other for work. However, with the addition of a third SIM slot, you can now add another phone number – good for when you have to travel on vacation or something.

The Acer Liquid X2 reads like a formidable smartphone, but Acer will need to be aggressive about its roll out here in the US, in order for them to be respected amongst its peers. So far, there’s no word yet on its pricing or availability. So, what do you think about the phone?

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posted on 23 Apr 2015, 15:24 11

1. maherk (Posts: 4855; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

That's why Sony needs to introduce a new design with the Z5. Every chinese OEM seems to copy their design

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 15:54 3

2. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

i know right is crazy how many xperia z look a likes there are.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 18:00 3

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Simple design of the Z series is easy to copy and sell well for those Chinese phone makers.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 15:57 4

3. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

4000mAh battery should be on the Z4.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:10 9

4. maherk (Posts: 4855; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

The last thing Sony needs to worry about is the battery life, they are the pioneers of this segment

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 01:27 1

15. Wiencon (Posts: 2023; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

But imagine if they didn't sacrifice battery for thickness, 4000mah instead of funny 2930 in Z5

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:25 2

6. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I knew that design looked familiar. Nice, but familiar.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 17:48

9. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

And? I hear this every day about every phone.
At least i can see difference and it looks good. Probably good value for the money.

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 02:07

16. azene (unregistered)

agree , need a new design for the next sony's flagship

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:21 3

5. Modest_Moze (Posts: 149; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)

Yep, I agree, why every new phone looks like Sony lol???

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 16:30 2

7. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

is everybody trying to copy sony or what

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 17:14 1

8. Simona (unregistered)

At last acer you know what is a smartphone design...

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 18:16 1

11. rotkiv3451 (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)

Oh my god please bring this phone to Brazil!!!!! 4000mah battery and f1.8 aperture for the camera, this could be the phone of my dreams! *_*

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 18:24

12. sunjay140 (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

Looks like a Xperia copy.

posted on 23 Apr 2015, 21:29

13. electrophage (Posts: 61; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

There are so many interesting smartpnones...unfortunately, if they dont have AT LTE bands there of no use in the US market. Can't use a flagship phone that will only run in 3g

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 01:07

14. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

From the thumbnail, I thought it's a Sony.

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 02:26 1

17. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 153; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)

It's like a fusion between Sony and HTC.

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 11:51

19. Donotnameme (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)

many (and i mean MANY) phones that chinese OEMS make are a fusion between Sony and HTC phones' designs

posted on 24 Apr 2015, 10:34

18. Moose (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

Great to see a few phones coming out with much bigger batteries - too few and far between. I would be interested in this phone along with the recently announced Lenovo K80 with the same size battery. The new Asus Zenfone 2's have great specs and a low price as well, but only an average size battery, too bad.

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