Acer updates smartphone line, showcases smart band

Acer updates smartphone line, showcases smart band

02 JUN 2014

Taiwanese computing company Acer updated its smart device portfolio, including what looks set to be the ‘lowest brand’ Android handset, as well as its first wearable.

The company’s Liquid Z200 is targeted at “feature phone upgraders, first time users or secondary phone buyers”. It has a 4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera, and will be available in a dual-SIM version, and includes four profiles including “basic mode” and “easy senior mode”.

According to Engadget, it will be priced at around €79, undercutting the basic Android models offered by rival vendors.

Liquid Leap is Acer’s first wearable, which it describes as a “touchscreen smart band with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification, and music control”.

It has a 1-inch display “nestled in a rubber wristband for comfortable everyday usage”. It is available in multiple colours including white, black, blue, pink and orange, and includes Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

It will be sold bundled with the Liquid Jade smartphone in “selected markets”. This device has a 5-inch screen and 13 megapixel main camera.

Also unveiled was the Liquid E700 smartphone, which includes a tri-SIM option and has a “powerful battery life”. Acer claims 60 days of standby or 100 hours of music playback.

And rounding out its new smartphones is Liquid E600 (pictured), an “elegant and powerful smartphone for digital and entertainment enthusiasts” which adds 4G LTE capability to the vendor’s portfolio.

It includes category 4 (150Mbit/s) LTE support, has a 5-inch screen and 8MP camera.

Finally, Acer announced its Iconia Tab 8, which features an 8-inch full-HD screen, and is powered by a quadcore Intel processor. It runs Android 4.4.

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