Acer announces four new Android smartphones


At IFA 2015, Acer has announced several new smartphones to be released this fall all along the pricing spectrum, including four devices powered by Android 5.1. Acer says all of their new smartphones will feature a new technology called Acer BluelightShield which is designed to limit users’ exposure to blue light from their screens. All of the devices will also get DTS Studio Sound and their camera app will provide independent exposure and focus adjustments. Acer is also including three different layout options for their user interface, including a Basic Mode designed for kids. To further protect children, Acer is also offering a Kids Center protected environment.

The top of the line phone being released by Acer is the Acer Liquid Z630. The Z630 gets a quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 2GB of RAM to help drive a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display. Acer has packed in a whopping 4000 mAh battery in the Z630. Both front- and rear-facing cameras will be 8MP units and the front lens will be capable of recording 1080p video. A Liquid Z630S version will also be offered with an octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB  of storage. The Z630 pricing will start at €199 ($224 USD).

The mid-tier of the model line is the Acer Liquid Z530, powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek processor and 1 or 2 GB of RAM. The Z530 gets a 5-inch HD IPS screen and an 8MP front facing camera for selfies. For consumers interested in stepping things up a bit, Acer plans to offer a Liquid Z530S variant that will get an octa-core processor upgrade, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. Pricing for the Z530 will start at €149 ($167 USD).

The final two devices fall in the budget tier. The Liquid Z330 is a 4.5-inch display unit that comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor. Acer equipped the Z330 with 5MP cameras front and back. The Liquid Z320 gets a Qualcomm 8209 processor, a 4.5-inch screen and 1 GB of RAM along with only a 2MP front-facing camera. Unlike the other smartphones which are all 4G LTE compatible, the Z320 will only support 3G service. Both the Z330 and Z320 will be priced at  €129 ($145 USD).

All of the new Acer phones will be available in EMEA starting in September for the Z630, in October for the Z530 and Z330, and later this year for the Z320. You can read the full press release from Acer below.


Acer Reveals New Range of Android and Windows Smartphones at IFA


Editors’ Summary

  • Acer announces four new smartphones running on Android, and two more running on Windows 10 Mobile
  • The Liquid Z630/530 series are designed with sleek, curved chassis with upgraded front-facing cameras, wide-angle lenses and enhanced audio
  • The new smartphones1 all include innovations such as the Acer BluelightShield™2 which controls users’ exposure to blue light from the screen and DTS Studio Sound™² gives high-quality audio performance for music and movies
  • For photo fans, the new models allow adjustment of exposure and focus independently to get clear and bright shots, as well as Bright Magic photo2 mode which makes sure a selfie is always presented in the best lighting conditions

Today Acer announces six new Liquid smartphones; four running Android 5.1 and two with Windows 10 Mobile. The handsets feature sleek, curved chassis with upgraded front-facing cameras, wide-angle lenses and enhanced audio¹.

All Acer Liquid smartphones announced today share several features that improve the overall enjoyment of the technology in consumers’ hands, whether it’s watching movies, snapping selfies, or listening to music. Innovations such as Acer BluelightShield™ ² which controls users’ exposure of blue light from the screen and DTS Studio Sound™ ² gives high-quality audio performance for music and movies. Phone fans will appreciate exposure control which allows adjustment of exposure and focus independently to get clear and bright shots, and Bright Magic photo that ensures selfies are always presented in the best lighting conditions.

Other user features through the range include the Acer QuickMode² user interface which provides three customized layout options designed for specific groups of users – Standard Mode for those familiar with a smartphones; Easy Mode for those who are just learning; and Basic Mode that offers a range of protective options for kids. On top of Basic Mode, these handsets all offer Kids Center, a protected environment with parental control. Helping people get the most out of all these features is the Acer Aid Kit², a set of three tools that monitors the phone’s performance, manage battery life, and run the backup and restore center.

“There is a movement among smartphone users at all levels towards using their handsets as digital content and entertainment devices,” noted ST Liew, president of Acer’s Smart Products Business Group. “We focused on bringing these attributes to the forefront in our new models. Enhanced sound, camera and features along with Acer’s easy to use UI makes these models ideal for anyone looking for a first smartphone, or upgrade from a basic model for a superb media experience.”

Liquid Z630 – Big on Power and Size
Powered by the 64-bit, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 processor the 5.5-inch Z630 (measuring 156.3 x 77.5 8.9 mm) Android 5.1 handset is ideal for those looking to create, share and enjoy digital content on the go, enabled by 2GB RAM and a standard 16GB of internal memory. It packs a 4000 mAh3 battery ensures lasting performance from every charge. A HD Zero Air Gap screen with IPS technology extends to house the 8MP wide view angle front lens (capable of 1080p video recording) as well as the 8MP auto-focus rear camera (capable of 1080p video). Connectivity comes through its Cat4 LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 with LE connectivity.

The updated Acer Liquid UI is designed to be more consumer friendly than ever before. Key apps have been designed as “Float Apps” taking up only a portion of the screen so users can see and interact with the desktop below. This feature is available for maps, browser, notes, calendar and more, along with “Float Caller” which lets an incoming call pop up as a mini window for the user to choose whether to answer or reply with quick messages without interrupting the current session completely.

The Z630 is also equipped with AcerEXTEND which connects wirelessly to a compatible laptop or PC and lets you view the phone’s home screen in a phone-shaped emulator box on the computer. Enabling functions like webpage and document sharing, full screening, drag and drop organization, messaging, typing and simplifies managing files and switching from personal to professional mode using the same device.

Acer will also offer the Liquid Z630S model powered by an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.

Liquid Z530 – Perfect Selfie Smartphone
Also powered by the 64-bit, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 processor, the 5-inch Z530 (measuring 144 x 70.3 x 8.9 mm) Android 5.1 phone is an intelligent device for those serious about their selfies. Focusing on sharp display and quality images and supported by 1GB/2GB RAM and 8GB/16GB storage (depending on market), the Vivid Color display; 84 degree wide-angle front facing 8MP selfie lens; Cat4 LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity; Acer QuickTouch controls and ergonomic design all contribute to this social media optimized phone. The Android 5.1 handset features a HD IPS screen with Zero Air Gap to ensure bright rendering of color. Photo enhancements presented by Gourmet Mode for food photographers automatically adjusts color temperature and style for pictures of dishes; Touch to capture for focusing and capturing photos with just one touch; Smile Shutter to capture smiles as they happen and much more. Also featuring the Acer Liquid UI, the handset is designed for anyone looking to explore the real benefits of carrying a camera with them wherever they go.

Acer will also offer the Liquid Z530S model powered by an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.

Liquid Z330/M330 – Android or Windows 10 for Everyone
As an ideal first phone or an excellent backup to an existing handset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MS 8909) processor powered 4.5-inch Z330/M330 (measuring 136 x 66.5 x 9.6 mm) mixes ease of use with quality audio and visual capabilities to introduce its users to just how much fun a smartphone can be without challenging them technologically. Offering 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, the simple, sleek design adds a subtle curve to the chassis, making this phone a pleasure to hold. Designed and built to look and perform the same, the only difference in these handsets is that the M330 runs on Windows 10 Mobile and the Z330 uses the Android 5.1 platform, providing everyone with a choice to suit their needs The FWVGA wide view angle screen complements the 5MP front facing and 5MP rear camera to create great results even for the amateur phone photographer, and the Acer Liquid UI (Android only) simplicity is built in from the start for non-stop enjoyment. Connectivity comes in the form of Cat4 LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity.

The Android based Z330 offers features such as Gourmet mode, Favorite Shot and Bright Magic Selfie and find the perfect settings for the occasion with the Quick Menu for choosing camera modes. The handsets also feature the Acer Liquid UI, making phone use intuitive, and personalization an easy task.

Liquid Z320/M320 – Pocket Friendly Android or Windows 10
As with the Z330/M330, the Z320/M320 is aimed at those looking for a great first smartphone or a feature packed second phone and its OS is identified by the model letter (Z for Android, M for Windows 10 Mobile). Powered by the Qualcomm MSM 8209 processor, the 4.5-inch handset (measuring 136 x 66.5 x 9.6 mm) is a media and rich content friendly device, perfect for introducing a user to social media, sharing and phone photography. It offers 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, a FWVGA wide view angle screen and 2MP front facing and 5MP rear camera. This handset comes with a standard 3G modem, and includes WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 EDR connectivity.

Pricing and Availability
The Acer Liquid Z630 will be available in EMEA in September with prices starting at €199.
The Acer Liquid Z530 will be available in EMEA in October with prices starting at €149.
The Acer Liquid Z330 will be available in EMEA in October with prices starting at €129.
The Acer Liquid M330 will be available in EMEA later this year with prices starting at €129.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer

The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA Berlin in Germany, where the company announced its latest devices and solutions for gamers and consumers for the holiday season. Visit Acer’s booth at IFA 2015 in Messe Berlin (Hall 12/101) or learn about the new product range

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.