Perhaps finally realizing there’s no turning back for its main business of selling traditional personal computers, Acer seems to be growing ambitious about its (largely low-cost) smartphone prospects, with an eye on VR diversification before long as well.
One of the more active Windows Mobile hardware manufacturers in recent months, even as Microsoft continues to trim the Lumia fat, the Taiwan-based outfit also took the wraps off arguably two of its most compelling Android efforts.
The Liquid Jade 2 is probably the closest Acer will get to developing a “true” flagship in the near future, with Snapdragon 808 processing power, 3GB RAM, a 21MP rear-facing camera, and 5.5-inch Full HD display.
Meanwhile, the ridiculously named Liquid Zest Plus lowers every bar possible, save for battery capacity. Although this is a 5.5-incher too, it adds 2,200 mAh juice atop Jade 2’s 2,800 mAh count, vowing to deliver three whole days of autonomy with moderate power consumption.
Initially said to cost less than $250, the Android mid-ranger is now slated to debut on North American shores at a measly two Benjamins sometime in July. That’s also when Acer plans to bring the Liquid Zest Plus to the old continent, pricing it at a comparatively high but palatable nonetheless €200 ($225).
In addition to the ginormous 5,000 mAh cell, the phablet has Marshmallow software goodies going for it, 2GB RAM, respectable 13 and 5MP cameras, as well as fast battery charging support, and DTS HD sound enhancements. Of course, Acer needed to cut a few corners to keep retail pricing so low, and it did so by adopting 720p screen resolution and a mediocre quad-core MT6735 SoC.
Still, the battery alone makes this a budget-conscious handheld to look forward to.