Acer Liquid ZX coming soon: a 3.5" Android phone that is actually good

Acer Liquid ZX coming soon: a 3.5
So far in the land of Android rule of the thumb is that a good phone is a big phone. If you want the latest processor, display technology, camera and so on, you inevitably had to get a phone that is large. In 2010 large meant 4 inches, one year after that grew to 4.3”, next year it was 4.8” and this year it’s a whopping 5-inch screens.

It doesn’t have to be that way though - some people would just like to have a phone that is both compact and has a decent screen, processor and camera.

And Acer wants to provide that choice with the Acer Liquid ZX, an upcoming 3.5-inch phones that will be unlike its other low-end siblings.


"A lot of people have started abandoning 3.5 inch. No, we are going to persist on 3.5 inch and we are going to make a 3.5 inch suitable for a segment of people that treasure smaller screen devices," Acer smartphone division president ST Liew said.

"We are going to announce a 3.5-inch device pretty soon which is proud to be small,” Liew continued teasing the upcoming Liquid ZX. The phone is obviously close to launch as Liew had one with him, but could not show it before the official unveiling.

Acer’s strategy however is not just to focus on the low-end. "We believe that we will capture small screen smartphone and large screen smartphone," said Liew referring to both the 3.5” Liquid ZX and the company’s 5.7-inch phablet, the Acer Liquid S1.

Acer has used an almost stock version of Android in its latest devices and obviously plans on continue doing so. The company sees its mission into simplifying software to enable the hardware. Are you excited about seeing a compact device that is also powerful such as the 3.5-inch Liquid ZX? Or do you still think that better should mean larger?

source: Pocket-lint

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22 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, maybe it would help us if Acer mentioned some 'proud' hardware specifications under the hood. Not just the 3.5 inch...

11. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I'd pay a 1000$ if it has a 720p screen at least. 1080p would be crazy (630 ppi!!!!) . and snap 400 with at least 1 gig of ram and 16 gig internal.

13. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

all specs are realistic except for the resolution, 960*640 would be enough, and would look really nice

14. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Price will decide its fate. and specs too.

16. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

i think sid07desai had an orgasm with that one.

18. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

yes i did. i was high. i was even more excited for to meet the pizza delivery guy.

22. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

hahaha $1000 for a midrange? Ur funny.

19. gmacattacks

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

the whole time I read this thats what I was thinking

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Even through personally I prefer phones with at least 4.5" screens, I hope Acer deliver on their promise for the many people out there who prefer smaller phones. I hope this maked Samsung and HTC offer their flagship in a small size as well, instead of the Mini being mid range.

3. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

It might just be me but 3.5 is too small to handle. It should have been at least a 4 inch screen! But again, that's just maybe me! :)

15. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

I'm with you. 4inch at least.

4. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

small is the new cool huh.. I don't like where this is going.. hope girls don't latch on to this fad

10. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Most of the girls I've seen are sporting Galaxy Notes. Size does matter.

5. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I just hope Moto, HTC and Samsung get the message.

6. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I believe this will appeal only to those who prefer one handed operation, and those who have decent eyesight (i.e. younger people). personally, the 3.2 eris I had four years ago seems ridiculously small compared to my 4.3 inch rezound. and in about a month, I'm moving up to a five inch display. primarily due to my failing eyesight. however, they should have mentioned the specs of this phone. especially at that size.

20. crobot337

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

I disagree. I have the rezound and also had the Eris (and an incredible 2 in between). I prefer the small size of the Eris. If I could have top specs in a small screen I would choose that over large any day. Some notes on what I desire from a small phone though. I want to treat my phone as a hub to my technology. I want very strong hotspot capabilities. I want it to be my internet (my rezound currently is. But hotspot performance is inconsistent). I want to be able to dock it and function as a desktop (think ubuntu for android and the moto atrix laptop dock). The HTC tube concept and padfone both really intrigued me but to me the execution wasn't there. Imagine getting to work, clicking your phone into a dock and up pops your computer. Location data tells your phone you are at work and connects you to your chrome os/android desktop. After work you head home. Hop in the car, Bluetooth tells you its time for tunes so automatically turns on WiFi (or opengarden) to fire up Play Music on your android stereo. Or maybe you hop on the bus and pull out your tablet and Bluetooth activates your WiFi in a flash. You get home and dock to your monitor there. Location tells you youre home so fires up a different home screen for personal use. And knows once you are home to fire up your hotspot to activate your chromekey on your tv. I have been dreaming of this for years. And every time I imagine it, its a small phone.

21. crobot337

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

As a side note I live in a very rural area where I cannot get wired internet. So I have always and for the immediate future I will continue to hotspot my internet. Grandfathered verizon unlimited, I use 200+ gigs per month. And yes I do pay for the hotspot. This is why the hotspot capabilities are so important to me.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A 3.5 inch screen obviously isn't for everyone. Just as a monstrous 6+ inch screen isn't for everyone. It's just nice to see a manufacturer buck the trend of making everything bigger. Now, we'll have to wait and see what kind of specs this has, but if it hits the higher end of mid-range, I'll tip my hat to Acer.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Finally... I have to replace my Xperia Mini, but unfortunately the Mini is the last one of his breed (small but powerful). The other attempts like GS3 Mini were not really small, and the HTC M4 and GS4 Mini will non be so small as well. So, if Acer builds a 3,5'' phone with: good screen quality and resolution, good chipset, decent amount of ram and good camera, well, I'm sold. It's unbelievable that people who want small phones are forced to accept entry level hardware.

9. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"A phone which is proud to be small" Sounds like the Xperia Mini devices to me :)

12. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And that is why acer will not be successful in the mobile phone business .

17. jhonnyte

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

For me it's one of the best notices in months. I hate big phones and I'm not a teenager.

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