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Acer Liquid S1 now official: 5.7-inch HD display, Android Jelly Bean and 1.5GHz quad-core CPU

Acer just announced its first "phablet" device, designed to be the new travel companion for professionals and adventurers alike. With a large 5.7" HD 1280 x 720 screen and intelligent applications, the Acer Liquid S1 greatly enhances mobile productivity and entertainment. More about the Acer Liquid S1 after the jump.

Featuring single/dual SIM cards, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and a day's worth of battery power, the Liquid S1 combines the work efficiency of a tablet PC with the convenience and multimedia-rich features of a smartphone. It is an all-in-one mobile device that opens up more possibilities for users to communicate and explore.

The Acer Liquid S1 uses fine craftsmanship and materials to deliver a premium, minimalist design, ideal for assertive business people and passionate explorers. With a slender profile, it features curved details on the front and the sides, aluminum side grips, and is available in matte black or white.

Intuitive and useful applications preinstalled on the Liquid S1:

  • Acer Float User Interface: Allows several app windows to stay open so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut; apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime. These apps include camera, maps, calculator and notes. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.
  • Acer Auto Profile: Supports predefined network settings for frequently visited locations, so the next time the user visits the same spot, the Liquid S1 will automatically switch profiles. The adjustable settings include brightness, volume and vibration; plus Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connections.
  • Voice Unlock: Directly opens apps or interfaces by recording and using personal voice commands. Users can quickly unlock the Liquid S1 to the home screen, camera, SMS or call keypad by voice, in one easy step, without touch. Acer data traffic manager keeps an eye on daily and monthly data usage, which is especially handy for users who do not have an unlimited data plan.

Acer Liquid S1 Specifications
5.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) capacitive display, 258ppi
1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
1GB of RAM
8GB of internal storage
microSD support up to 32GB
8MP autofocus camera with LED flash
1080p@30fps Full HD video recording
GPS with A-GPS support
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Stereo speakers with DTS sound enhancement
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-band)
Single / Dual-SIM cards
Li-Ion 2,400mAh battery
195g (weight)

Pricing and availability
The Liquid S1 will start shipping in Q3 2013 in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany, followed by Spain and Italy with a starting price of €349 or almost Php20,000.

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