Acer Liquid E1 unveiled in China with 4.5-inch qHD screen and Android 4.1

January 24, 2013
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Acer Liquid E1

Quick, how many names of Acer smartphones can you list without Googling any devices? Not even one? Well, that can’t be good for Acer, right? It’s true, there aren’t in fact very many, but the existent ones have always suffered from staggered releases, poor marketing or simply forgettable specs. Or all at once.

Many of you probably don’t even remember the very recently uncovered V350. And that actually had a decent spec sheet, with a 720p display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Anyhoo, Acer has apparently decided to intro yet another easily forgettable phone in China, dubbed Liquid E1. Besides the uninspired name (although it’s at least memorable), the new guy suffers from a severe lack of power and style. There’s not even one single feature that could make it stand out from the crowd and the spec sheet has mediocre written all over it.

4.5-inch display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution? Mediocre. 4 GB of on-board storage? Not good. 1,760 mAh battery? Downright laughable. Dual 5 MP/0.3 MP cameras? Booooring. 1 GHz dual-core CPU? Meh, we’ve seen a lot better.

Acer Liquid E1-2

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, GPS, microSD support, microUSB, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and 1 GB of RAM? Nothing special.

But what about the design? Well, believe it or not, that could actually be the best part of the Liquid E1. Don’t get me wrong, the phone’s looks are not that special, but they’re at least one level above mediocre. The 9.9 mm thickness, 130 grams weight, rounded edges and sexy curves all get the thumbs up from us, while the striped back bothers us a bit, but it’s bearable.

Of course, there’s one more little detail that could make up for the lackluster specs – pricing. We wouldn’t hold our breath, but maybe if Acer gets this fellow out in Europe soon for €200 tops, some of you might remember it a year from now. Oh, right, and it’s set to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so that’s another plus.

All in all, who thinks the Liquid E1 is easily forgettable and who reckons there’s some hidden potential there for the device to leave its mark on the Android world?

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