Everyone is getting in on the phablet game, including Acer, which announced its 5.7-inch Liquid S1 at Computex Taipei.
Brighthand scored some hands-on time with the large smartphone and came away reasonably impressed considering that, unlike Samsung and its market-defining Galaxy Note II, Acer is not a mobile smartphone powerhouse, at least not in the US.
As such, it’s not likely the Liquid S1 will see a Stateside release, and that’s too bad. Similar to past Acer smartphones, the Liquid S1 sports such a light UI skin, that it’s almost running stock Android 4.2.
Almost running stock Android. The key difference between the Acer Liquid S1 and Nexus line is the Liquid S1 has a unique multitasking feature. Dubbed the”Acer Float UI,” the multitasking revolves around mini apps that can open and function simultaneously over each other, other traditional apps, and even phone calls. It’s very reminiscent of the Samsung Mini Apps found on the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Float also extends to Float Caller, which pops open a mini window with answer options, when a call comes inbound, rather than take over the whole display, as many smartphones do today.
The mini apps BH noticed included a calculator, online map, note-taker, and email client; all of which could prove quite useful on the large screen.
The Liquid S1 specs include a 1,280 x 720 resolution, quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and a “day’s worth of battery,” which translates into a user-replaceable 2,400mAh unit. The display didn’t impress much, especially compared with the beauties on the HTC One and Galaxy S4. Colors were slightly dull, and the viewing angles average.
The build is decidedly plastic, with a removable back cover, that hides a dual SIM card slot, again suggesting that this phablet is bound for Asia and Europe. It also does not support 4G LTE. Also on board is 8GB of storage and a microSD slot for up to 32GB more.
The Liquid S1 sports an 8-megapixel rear-facing, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, that Acer claims has an 88-degree viewing angle.
The Acer Liquid S1 is slated to ship in Q3, with a retail price of €349, or about $455 US.