Acer Liquid Z3 is official – cheap Android in a small package

Acer has been working on a new 3.5-inch smartphone for a while now – an Android handset that is supposedly good despite its smaller package. However, we sure hope that the newly announced Acer Liquid Z3 isn't the device the company has in mind. This new low-cost model comes with specs that put it in the entry-level category, including a 1GHz dual-core processor of unknown make and model, a 3.5-inch display of presumably mediocre resolution, 4GB of storage, and a 3MP rear camera. What makes it even clearer that the Acer Liquid Z3 is aimed at budget-conscious buyers is the availability of a dual-SIM version of the device.

The petite proportions of the Acer Liquid Z3 are supposed to be its stand-out feature. It measures 109 by 60 millimeters, with a thickness of 10.4 millimeters, and weighs 120 grams. These figures put it into the same category with low-end rivals like the Sony Xperia E and the HTC Desire 200. The Z3's lead, however, in terms of size is only marginal. Acer is also trying to differentiate its Liquid Z3 smartphone with the implementation of several pre-defined user profiles. These include:

  • Basic Mode: For youngsters with call and text functions
  • Senior Mode: Messages, radio, weather, magnify, clock, quick call contacts
  • Classic mode: All main functions in a simple and organized layout for first time smartphone users
  • Keypad mode: For people who primarily use voice and need their keypad right away

But at the end of the day, the best thing about the Acer Liquid Z3 seems to be its low price. In Europe, the handset will be offered for as low as €99 (about $132), which is dirt cheap for a fully functional Android smartphone. It is also nice that Android 4.2 comes out of the box, which is a fairly recent version of the platform, and support for Acer's cloud-based service called AcerCloud has been thrown in as well. 

Available in black or white, The Acer Liquid Z3 will launch in mid-August across parts of Europe, including Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Spain, UK, Italy, Germany and Russia. In addition, Acer will release a selection of accessories, such as flip-covers, replaceable back-covers in multiple colors, and a standard screen protector film. 

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Liquid Z3
  • Display 3.5 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware MediaTek, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.2.2



14. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

The display is not of mediocre resolution but has 320 x 480 pixels, which gives about ~165 ppi pixel density for a 3.5 inches screen. I bought it a week ago and it is without doubt the best smartphone you can get for €99. :)

12. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

get a used galaxy*

3. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

That's very true and the price I think is honestly a bit to high for this kind of hardware.

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Dude, what are you talking about... Where can you buy a updated smartphone for $132.00 off contract with dual-SIM... And a dual processor from none other than the KING of low-end processors, that's right MediaTek. Even if the editors don't say which processor is going in this, we all know.

11. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

That's true but seriously I can a used almost new.unlocked galaxy Nexus for like 50 to 60 bucks more.

13. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

where at

1. iushnt

Posts: 3189; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Low end android lags a lot.

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Yeah,android requires more hardware to run smoothly,Like quadcore,octacore & 2gb,4gb etc

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

More like dual core and 1 GB of RAM with properly optimized software.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Snapdragon 400 and 1GB ram is enough.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

they just require 1gb of ram, btw the same is true for WP (unless you want to run only basic games/apps).

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Hehh, my galaxy mini 2 almost as smooth as high-end android smartphones. It's rooted, and uses custom launcher with demanding ui graphics.

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

This smartphone is coming with 4.2 out the box... You really should learn more about tech and handle the phone before you speak... Compared to the iphone 5C or the Nokia 520, this smartphone should beat them both, in price and functions. @ iushnt

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I've upgraded my Xperia Acro s to 4.1.2, but the ui is choppier than before. I don't know why, but i really doubt that the project butter can do something to the ui in my phone.

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