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Acer Liquid A1 Announced, First Snapdragon Android

At an event in London, Acer just announced the first ever 1GHz Snapdragon-based Android Phone – the Acer Liquid A1. The name is a bit confusing as the company referred to the phone as the A1 on stage but published a press release announcing the launch of their complete line of Android Phones called Acer Liquid. So I’m assuming this falls into line with other “lines” like the Omnia, Instinct, Xperia, etc…. brand name model number. So until further notice… the Acer Liquid A1!

We found some pretty sweet pictures snapped by our friends at ElectricPig:

Despite the event and press release, full specs on the device are still unknown. What we DO know:

  • 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • WVGA Screen (800 x 480 resolution)
  • Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 5MP Camera with Geo-tagging
  • HSPA Connectivity
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • New UI including access to entertainment/bookmarks
  • Spinlets – Free music/video streaming that can be shared with friends/family thruogh web/email
  • Social Network Integration… Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr
  • Acer Sync
  • Comes in Red, White or Black

For those interested, here is the full press release:

ACER LIQUID: The Future Now
The world’s first Snapdragon™ and Android™ 1.6 smartphone

2009-10-14 -

The Future has arrived with Acer Liquid
Acer introduces its new smartphone “Liquid” series: the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor based and world’s first Android™ 1.6 high definition smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software innovation and an ultra-fluid user interface to create an all-new mobile experience. It is the ideal solution for users demanding the best from their devices, and in particular outstanding multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming. It also brings smartphone product design forward with its unique and modern style.

Finally something different
Acer Liquid is the first Wide-VGA smartphone in the market benefiting from the latest release of the Android™ 1.6 Operating System (aka Donut) and the first Android™ smartphone in the market equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor.

This platform brings to market unique benefits for the end users and paves the way for a new wave of innovations from the developer community:

* With its High Definition capacitive touch screen (Wide VGA), Acer Liquid offers today an unparalleled experience when watching pictures or videos. But it also holds a promise for the future: the promise of an abundance of new applications on Android™ Smart Handhelds – games, professional applications and web applets that will enrich the end user experience. Now developers can be assured that their investment will build upon a standard resolution for the years to come;
* Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, Acer Liquid provides instant access to web pages, smooth streaming of videos or music , and instant response from popular mail, maps and search applications. The high-speed processing capability and high-speed internet access (HSPA) of Snapdragon™ brings to life the Android™ experience: no idle-time, almost instant uploads of web pages and downloads of rich multimedia contents. The developer community can now take full advantage of these capabilities to bring to market innovative applications that demand raw computing power and superior handling of 3D graphics.

Unique software enhancements
Acer Liquid also bolsters a set of unique features developed by Acer and its partners:

* Improved power management to help achieve longer battery autonomy for intense users;
* A new user interface with easy access to entertainment and web bookmarks;
* An optimized camera with geo-tagging, ISO, self-timer options and accelerated auto-focus performance;
* Exclusive Spinlets™ application providing free streaming of worldwide music and video, that can be shared with friends and family through web-posting or e-mail;
* Smart integration of Facebook™, Twitter™, Youtube™, Picasa™ and Flickr™ in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates.

A refreshing alternative to square shapes
With ellipse curves, a choice of red, white and black colors, and a slim body shape, Liquid will please style-seeking consumers. Designed for ergonomy, Liquid fits well in the hand, and displays a smooth finish. The fluidity of its curves gives the Acer Liquid its unique character and unconventional style.

Launch date, location and price please, ACER?

Continue reading on the Acer A1 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • Andy

    I wantz Snapdragon goodness now!

  • Brian

    It better have an AMOLED screen! I wonder what carriers?

  • PaoloLast

    Beautiful phone, lot like experia x3…

  • chris

    none of the pics load…

  • PaoloLast

    i hope 800×480 screen has to be at least 4″ diagonal…

  • Ryan

    No pics loading….

  • http://Huh??? Charles

    Why is it that the shot with the keyboard has some typos in it? Is there an accuracy problem???

  • cymon

    This is the phone I have been waiting to see…..now just give me some hands on, launch date, supported providers, etc

  • Carl C

    AHHHHHHH I can’t beleive I missed this and it is practically in my doorstep in London :(

  • Silver
  • http://ivansotof.com Ivan

    Pictures not loading. :(

  • Ryan

    Please come to Tmobile…please….

  • http://schwiz.net schwiz

    sounds sexy, too bad no QWERTY so its a no go for me :(

  • luckyluke

    nice phone, but see pic6. why are the buttons silver, that looks cheap :(

  • AGx-07_162

    I’m all for hardware keyboards but if its running with some good specs maybe the soft keyboards will be good enough to keep up. Will need decent screen size too.

  • Pedro Rodriguez

    Looks awesome.

  • Maj

    it looks great but a bit thick compared to Sony’s Xperia

  • chuksy

    Hope its on PAYG

  • Ben Smith

    Personally glad to see another phone option without a keyboard. Excited!

  • Bob

    What’s the point of the large resolution screen if the icons, widgets and menus are just scaled to fit. I would have expected there to be more use of the screen rather than just bigger icons.

  • siby

    the pics are not loading. Are your servers running windows?

  • James

    @bob

    Relax. Do you really think things will stay static with this OS? Look how fast it is moving.

    Big screens will be used. Big icons for people with chubby fingers and trouble seeing…. and small icons for bob!

    It’s coming.

  • jimmyjank

    must be windows servers, images not loading

  • Maj

    @Bob
    You are absolutely right, i expected the same thing, we really need more space for widgets and icons, we hardly have enough space with 3 panels

  • http://androidphonefans deezle

    If she’s got a 3.5mm,may replace x3 at the top of my personal”holy shit,I want that”list!hmmm,I always thought(snap) dragons looked especially sinister in red!

  • scoobie
  • James

    This is the phone, or something like it, Dell should have come out with.

    They really dropped the ball. This was an opportunity for them to come out big.

    Doesn’t Dell re-brand Acer? Perhaps they will take this and tweak it and come out with their own version.

  • davis

    Any carrier rumors so I can get my hopes up/dashed?

  • http://sanugrah.com atrix

    wow another android ready smartphone, can’t wait til it released here in Indonesia

  • Craig

    Win. The most important question for me is what US carrier would get this?
    Then comes in the others.

  • ahmed

    hotness cant wait for this to come to dubai
    ps:this is so fuckin furstirating i wanna get an android phone already :( every time a android phone is almost released another comes along that 5 times as good

  • henry cole

    The Liquid has a WVGA touchscreen, HSPA connectivity and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ISO and a self-timer…..

    The speedy Qualcomm chipset also means the Liquid can support 3D graphics, and the phone will run Android 1.6… GOod but not great. Details: http://bit.ly/acer-liquid-a1-details

  • http://e.comm ee

    nice but cant decide between this and htc wildfire