A budget-friendly Android-running Acer handheld with fingerprint recognition technology? Not so fast, as it seems that wasn’t what Acer teased yesterday for next week’s Mobile World Congress. Not even close.
The Liquid E3, which we think starred in the infamous photo, is far more modest than we had expected, rocking an AcerRapid rear key instead of a fingerprint sensor. What the button does is basically allow users to access the camera and capture a pic in no time, even with the screen locked.
Decent idea, just not as spectacular as rumored. Now, why did Acer unveil the phone with four days to go until MWC’s start? My guess is they wanted to capitalize on the little buzz they got with the fingerprint confusion.
Also, the Taiwanese know the Liquid E3 has nothing on Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or Sony’s Xperia Z2, the future headliners of Barcelona’s expo. Nor does it intend to compete in the high-end mobile arena, as it mostly touts mid-range specs: 4.7-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.2 GHz SoC, 1 GB RAM, 13 MP/2 MP cameras, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Guess the Liquid E3 should probably set its sights on Motorola’s Moto G, though pricing is a little steep: €199 ($270) in Europe. Too steep? Then maybe the €99 ($135) Liquid Z4 will tickle your fancy, albeit the hardware bar is considerably lowered, to a 4-inch panel, dual-core 1.3 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, and 5 MP camera. On the bright side, it too runs Android 4.2, which is okay, I guess, for its price range.