Since next week will be crowded with CES 2014 mobile announcements, including of high-profile, high-end devices, it’s probably wise for brands that aren’t quite household in the business to take the wraps off their latest budget-friendly contenders while people still care.
Acer is certainly on the same wavelength, so with the risk of no one visiting their Vegas booth starting Monday, they’ve earlier today introduced the Liquid Z5.
There’s nothing special about the big-bezeled handheld, save for its incredibly low price point: €169 ($230) in Europe. Too bad only France, Benelux, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine and UK are slated to get the entry-level 5-incher at this time, beginning in mid-January.
Those of you lucky to reside around those parts should rejoice at hearing the Liquid Z5 runs a relatively new version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, out the box, and packs a spacious 2,000 mAh battery. Another strong suit looks to be the slim profile (8.8 mm thin), with the list of features going downhill from there.
How bad do things get? Dual-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek CPU, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP rear cam, VGA front snapper, 4 GB built-in storage bad. And the icing on the cake (in a bad way) is the horrendous 854 x 480 pixels resolution of the 5-inch panel, working out to a cringeworthy 196 ppi pixel density. But you know what they say, keep your eyes on the prize price.