Acer, the handset maker that doesn't get too much love from us because they don't really make flagship smartphones, has just announced two new devices. The first is one we've already heard about, it’s called the Liquid E1. In short, it's a 4.5 inch qHD Android smartphone with no front facing buttons that should land in Europe pretty soon for just a hair under 250 Euros. It has a dual core 1 GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera.
The other phone, the Liquid Z2, is the phone we haven't heard about. It's a 3.5 inch HVGA device that should cost about 130 Euros. Both of these devices will be available in single SIM and dual SIM versions.
Should you buy either of these handsets? That's hard to say without having had a chance to play with them, but we'll just give you the advice we give our friends and family: If you're on a tight budget, hit the second hand market. Do you have any idea how much a used Galaxy S2 is going to cost once the Galaxy S4 hits store shelves? And if you're really anal about buying a new phone, then make sure you get one from a brand you can trust.
Samsung comes to mind. HTC too.
We expect to see plenty of low and midrange phones at Mobile World Congress next week. Samsung's already announced the Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Young, LG showed off the sequel to their L series, which means the only real players left are Huawei and ZTE. Both of them showed off fairly high end devices at CES last month, so it only makes sense for them to go a bit downmarket during the show.