Acer hoping to make splash with new Liquid Z devices


Liquid Jade Z heads up range of new Android devices unveiled at MWC, including three phones and new smartband

Acer has revealed three new Android smartphones and a new fitness tracker at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Taiwanese manufacturer is displaying the new additions to its Liquid range of phones, along with a new smartband and the its first every Windows Phone device.

The new handsets are led by the Acer Liquid Jade Z, a five inch “wallet friendly” smartphone which Acer said is its lightest device at just 110 grams.

Running on Android 4.4 (KitKat), the Liquid Jade Z is powered by a 64-bit chip from MediaTek and comes with 1GB of RAM. It has a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front.

It is the follow up to the Liquid Jade S and also comes with a Gorilla Glass screen and Acer’s Zero Air Gap screen technology.

It will cost around $199 when it is released in March.

Liquid Z520 and Z220

The manufacturer also unveiled two lower end devices: the Acer Liquid Z520 and Liquid Z220.

The Liquid Z550 packs a 5 inch LCD screen, is powered by the a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU with 1GB of RAM. The phone runs Android 4.4.2 with 8GB of Internal storage and expandable options via the on-board microSD card slot.

The Liquid Z520 is the smaller device with a 4 inch LCD display. The design is similar, but the phone is available in white and black.

Powering the Liquid Z520 is a Snapdragon 200 chipset with a dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The Liquid Z520 will go on sale in April for €109, while the Liquid Z220 will be available this month for €89.

Acer Liquid Leap+ Smartband

Acer also unveiled and updated version of its Liquid Leap smartband, now offering interchangeable straps on the Liquid Leap+. Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.48.38

The 1-inch OLED display offers visual feedback, and the band can last up to seven days on a single charge, according to the company.

The offered functionality is what you’d expect from your typical fitness tracker with a few added twists. There is now a step counter, distance measurement and calories burned, but also sleep tracking and remote control of the music player in your phone.