All the pre-CES 2015 announcements gain more momentum today as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, consumer tech show in the world is just literally hours away. Acer joins the mob as it announces two smartphones – a robust mid-tier smartphone and a very interesting entry level one – ahead of the big trade show in Las Vegas.


Liquid Jade S

The Acer Liquid Jade S boasts of 64-bit octa-core processor performance coming from the MediaTek MT6752M SoC. The phone has a 5-inch HD IPS display (720p), 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. One of the highlights of this new phone is the powerful 13MP rear camera with f1.8 aperture, and a more-than-capable 5MP selfie cam.

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Because of the sleek design (7.78mm thick), the phone will feature a non-removable 2,300mAh battery. The Liquid Jade S also features LTE connectivity. Another new feature will be the hybrid nanoSIM/microSD slot – a feature that will be found on some models of this phone. The users can choose to either use a second nanoSIM card for dual SIM functionality, or use the slot as an expansion for microSD storage, depending on the need of the user.

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All of this will be running under Android 4.4.4, although an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is promised within the year. The pricings starts at USD$359.

Liquid Z410

The Liquid Z410 is an entry level 4G smartphone – that’s something unheard of with entry level phones last year – an entry level phone with 4G connectivity. But that’s really what it is.

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The Liquid Z410 features Cat4LTE connectivity, powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6732 processor and a Mali-T760 GPU chip. The display is a 4.5-inch qHD screen, just enough for an entry level device (had to skimp somewhere).

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The device highlights a 2MP front-facing camera with an 80-degree wide angle feature. It should launch with Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box. Pricing will be at around USD$155.

SOURCE: Acer (1), (2)