Acer is showing off a couple of new Jelly Bean handsets at Mobile World Congress. Entries to their Liquid range of smartphones, the Acer Liquid Z2 and Acer Liquid E1 are designed with pricing in mind. The Z2 will run for 99 euro unsubsidized. The E1 is priced at 199 euro, again unsubsidized with VAT included. Talk about affordable.
But you trade off some high-end specs to get that pricing. The E1, the more substantial of the pair, offers a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, runs a dual-core 1GHz processor, and carries 1GB of RAM. The Z2 sports a 3.5-inch display, single-core 1GHz processor, and 512MB RAM.
The software experience remains relatively stock, but the Z2 offers a rather unique feature for first-time smartphone users. A transitional experience, the handset can be switched into “feature phone” mode, blocking out the deeper Android experience for something more akin to what dumb phone users are familiar with. It’s a novel concept, if not a little pointless.
The Liquid Z2 and Liquid E1 are poised to ship globally any day now. They should be popping up around Europe this week. For US buyers, there are currently no plans to bring the devices Stateside.