Intel-powered Acer smartphone debuts in PH


Acer launched the Liquid C1, the first smartphone in the Philippines to carry an Intel Atom chip.

Inside the Liquid C1 is an Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor, which is responsible for the speedy response and operation that Acer is highlighting as the device’s key selling point. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and wields a 4.3-inch TFT (540 x 960) IPS touch screen. The C1 hosts 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM, and features quad-band 3G internet that can run at up to 21Mbps, but lacks support for 4G LTE.

The device also features an 8-megapixel camera, HD video recording capability, and DTS-powered sound.

Alongside the Liquid C1, Acer also launched two new smartphones for the liquid line-up, namely the Liquid E1 and the Liquid Z2.

The Liquid E1 is dual-SIM/dual-standby and also runs on a 1GHz dual-core chip. It is available with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and hosts 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The E1 has a VGA camera upfront and a 5-megapixel rear camera on the back and is equipped with dual speakers. It flaunts a 4.5-inch qHD display screen with IPS technology optimized for multimedia viewing.

The Liquid Z2 features a Quick Mode that mimics the user interface (UI) of feature phones. The device, according to Raymart Cerin, Acer Philippines Product Marketing Head for Handset Devices, is meant to ease the transition of feature phone users to the use of a smartphone. The Z2 packs a 1GHz processor, hosts 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Liquid C1 will retail at PHP 12,490, while the E1 and the Z2 will retail at PHP 10,990 and PHP 4,990, respectively. Each will be available in late April.