As the high-end smartphone market starts to slow down a bit, we’re seeing many more manufacturers turn their attention towards the mid-range and low-end market.
Although Motorola’s Moto G is currently the gold standard in budget devices, they’re not the only game in town. Yesterday Archos announced the sub-$250 Helium 50 and sub-$200 Helium 45, both of which feature LTE in an affordable package. Now Acer is also unveiling its latest attempt to wow budget shoppers, the Liquid Z5.
The Acer Liquid Z5 features a 5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, and a 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 CPU with 512MB of RAM. Other specs include a 5MP rear cam with BSI technology and a 5 elements f2.4 lens, a VGA front cam, 4GB storage, 3G with HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi N, GPS, dual-sim support and FM radio.
As you can see, the Acer Liquid Z5 doesn’t have LTE or nearly as impressive specs as the Archos Helium series or the Moto G. On the bright side, its camera is supposedly better than most other budget devices, with Acer claiming that it delivers improved picture quality in low-light situations. Additionally, Acer boasts quite a few software options that might make it a bit more interesting for budget buyers.
The Liquid Z5 be a good match for those looking for a lower-cost handset that provides a few extras in terms of UI tricks and camera performance.
First, there’s four profile modes including a basic mode for kids with fixed call and text functionality, a senior mode with magnify and other options designed with the elderly in mind, a classic mode with “a simple and organized layout for first time smartphone users”, and finally there’s keypad mode for those that “primiarly use voice and need their keypad right away”.
Aside from the profile options, Acer also provides the Acer Float user interface. In short, this feature is said to make multi-tasking better by allowing app windows to stay open and it’s easy to toggle between them instantly. There’s even a float caller notification that will let you know someone is calling without interrupting whatever app you’re currently in.
The Acer Liquid Z5 will be priced at €169 (roughly $231) and will launch in white and gray variants starting with Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Ukraine, the Netherlands and the UK. No word on its exact release date for these markets, and it’s still unclear if or when the budget device will make its way to North America.
The Liquid Z5 certainly isn’t the cheapest or most exciting handset out there, but it could still find a market for those looking for a lower-cost handset that provides a few extras in terms of UI tricks and camera performance. For those looking for a near-stock Android experience in a budget package however, the Moto G is still the obvious choice.