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Remember when phones were getting smaller? Ah, those were the days. Acer just announced the Liquid S1 at Computex in Taipei, and it's got a massive 5.7-inch screen. It doesn't quite have the high-end specs of some other giant phones, but this device could appeal to a niche consumer.

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The Liquid S1 is a 720p device, despite the screen being on the large side. As such, it won't be as crisp as some other devices. Inside, the S1 has a Mediatek quad-core 1.5GHz processor, which is a budget-oriented ARM chip. There is only 1GB of RAM and no LTE radio. It does, however, have dual SIM slots. That's very important in some markets. The battery might be a bit worrisome considering that big LCD panel – it's only 2400mAh, but is removable. 8GB of built-in storage is backed up by a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space.

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Of particular interest is the software on Acer's new phone. The Liquid S1 runs Android 4.2 with almost no modifications. Acer does have a few extras built-in, like floating widgets, profiles, and some camera customizations. The buttons are not on-screen, but correspond to the Google-preferred arrangement of back, home, and multitask. The Acer Liquid S1 will be released in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany in Q3. The price will be €329, or about $427. Full PR below.

Acer's First 5.7" Mobile Companion Lets Users Take Their Wireless Office and Mobile Studio Everywhere

Acer Liquid S1 opens up more possibilities to explore a new lifestyle

TAIPEI, (June 3, 2013) Acer announces its first "phablet" device, designed to be the new travel companion for professionals and adventurers alike. With a large 5.7" HD 1280 x 720 screen and intelligent applications, the Acer Liquid S1 greatly enhances mobile productivity and entertainment.
Featuring single/dual SIM cards, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and a day's worth of battery power, the Liquid S1 combines the work efficiency of a tablet PC with the convenience and multimedia-rich features of a smartphone. It is an all-in-one mobile device that opens up more possibilities for users to communicate and explore.

Wireless office at hand

The Liquid S1 is easy to carry and lets users access their documents and files wherever they go. Business people can leave documents behind, knowing that they can wirelessly retrieve their files via AcerCloud Docs. Users can also remotely access files from their main PC through Acer Remote Files. In addition, with the Liquid S1 businesspeople can project their presentations in 720p HD, and print documents straight from their phablet - all using wireless display and print features.

Everything under perfect control

Intuitive and useful applications that boost work productivity and maximize entertainment on the go are preinstalled on the Liquid S1.

Acer Float User Interface allows several app windows to stay open so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut; apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime. These apps include camera, maps, calculator and notes. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.

Acer Auto Profile supports predefined network settings for frequently visited locations, so the next time the user visits the same spot, the Liquid S1 will automatically switch profiles. The adjustable settings include brightness, volume and vibration; plus Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and 3G connections.
Voice Unlock directly opens apps or interfaces by recording and using personal voice commands. Users can quickly unlock the Liquid S1 to the home screen, camera, SMS or call keypad by voice, in one easy step, without touch. Acer data traffic manager keeps an eye on daily and monthly data usage, which is especially handy for users who do not have an unlimited data plan.

Mobile studio and entertainment

Bringing the Liquid S1 along is like taking a complete mobile studio on the road. In addition to its spacious 5.7" screen with HD streaming and vivid HD playback, this phablet combines features for photo taking, video recording, and editing and creating media. Everything can be conveniently shared. The studio/entertainment features include:
Wide Front Shot uses the front camera with 88° wide viewing angle plus the 24 mm lens to capture more. The camera and 5.7" screen together capture wider, taller visuals for better wide-angle photos and video conferencing. Voice Shot allows hands-free photo taking just by saying "cheese!". Smile Shot detects smiling faces and automatically captures precious moments in real time - especially useful for taking pictures of babies and young children.

Studio Sound delivers astonishing sound and an extra-wide stereo image. DTS Studio Sound™ brings cinematic audio to mobile devices with a bigger sound field and higher vocal clarity.

Live sharing among friends Through Acer's 2-way Live Screen™ app users can invite friends for temporary group sharing. The group administrator simply taps on a photo or note, and it will pop up on friends' mobile-device screens, enabling live interaction and sharing in real time. Friends can push photos or notes back for 2-way live sharing.

Premium design and materials

The Acer Liquid S1 uses fine craftsmanship and materials to deliver a premium, minimalist design, ideal for assertive businesspeople and passionate explorers. With a slender profile, it features curved details on the front and the sides, aluminum side grips, and is available in matte black or white.

Pricing and availability

The Liquid S1 will start shipping in Q3 2013 in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany, followed by Spain and Italy with a starting price of €349.-

[Engadget, Notebook Italia]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • NexusKoolaid

    I'd buy a Nexus 4 before I picked up one of these.

    • sri_tech

      That's a big problem for all these android OEM's wherever nexus 4 is available.
      No one buys these phones when they get nexus 4 cheaply.

    • Sean Royce

      Sure, but I think the difference is the screen size, I wish there was a Nexus device that had the size of the Note II. An actual Nexus line, not Google experience edition.

  • http://twitter.com/zackeryfretty Zackery Fretty

    Press images must be a bit dated, I swear that's the ICS Camera Icon. :)

  • Michael Ta

    we need another mid-range 5.7 inches phapblet that cost more than a high-end Nexus 4 because...?!?!

    • RyanWhitwam

      Because giant and dual-SIM. That's important to some people, just not the mainstream.

      • Michael Ta

        Yea i understand that needs but more expensive than a nexus 4 is what i don't get. This thing should only cost around $350 max really.

        • Mandeep Singh

          Look buddy nexus 4 sells for 350 only in us
          Here it costs 25k rs which translates to 530 $

          • Michael Ta

            no offence but why are things so expensive over there?! Just curious.

            In Vietnam here nexus 4 8gb is about 8 millions VND which is about $380 taxed.

          • Mandeep Singh

            I dont know maybe due to google wants to sell it here at full price

  • disqus_is_good

    I dont understand why their phones are so ugly.

    They are making some beautiful laptops like below. Why dont they put a bit more effort on phones as well.

    • Sean Royce

      Except they are one of the worst laptop manufacturers. I've had my Acer for nearly 4 years now, and it was okay for a while, then it just went downhill from there. Had too many problems with it, and a lot of people share the same opinion.

  • Michael Buck

    The price and specs are prohibitive. Of course, there will be non techies and noobz that will pick one up. As for me, I'll PASS!

    • Geremy Roque

      Noob. no need to be an arsehole about it. its a phone made for a specific audience. not for everyone. i wont be picking one up, but its a good phone for someone who needs dual sim and likes a huge screen. the specs are not "that" good, but not bad either.
      next time you feel like making a worthless comment, keep it to yourself.

      • Michael Buck

        Resorting to worthless name calling and personal attacks just because you incorrectly and inappropriately misinterpret someones comments is really a clear indication of your own insecurities and personal issues. The beginning and end of your comment are ignored as they are irrelevant to this discussion.

        The central section of your comment essentially is in agreement with my comment:

        "Its a phone made for a specific audience. not for everyone. I won't be picking one up, but its a good phone for someone who needs dual sim and likes a huge [its not a huge screen] screen. the specs are not "that" good, but not bad either."

        Again, you describe a phone that most if not all non technical and new users will probably consider. However, the technically informed will probably PASS as they know this phone does not live up to the specs of better phones on the market.

        I'll attribute the beginning and end of your comment as you having a really bad day. I will not take anything you said personally. I believe we can have a spirited discussion without name calling or personal attacks.

        I trust your day has improved and that we can continue to have a good constructive relationship about a topic we are both passionate.

  • AdamFitton

    I wish a high end phone came with dual sim slots. I have both a work phone and personal phone and would love to combine them. I have money! Surely I am not the only one in this situation.

    • Ivan Myring

      There is a dual Sim s4 in some countries

  • Martim

    I know everyone likes to complain about phones getting too big, but I'm actually very excited about phones this size. I have a Nexus 4, and believe it or not, I feel the screen is too small for me.
    The thing is that we're already past the point where phones can easily be used with one hand, but there's still plenty of space to fit them into your pocket. On the other hand, 7-tablets are to big to comfortably fit in any pocket, so you have to carry them around in a bag anyway. I believe that 6 inches is the ideal compromise between screen size and portability. It is too big for most one handed usage, but still small enough to be pocketable. In other words, it doesn't offer any additional disadvantage compared to phones like the HTC One or the S4, but provides a much larger screen, negating the need for a small tablet.
    Just my 2 cents, anyway.

    • milksop held

      I have a nexus 4 and also feel its a bit small might go for the note 3 if its not over 5.7 inches

  • milksop held

    Shit processor, average screen shit battery

  • clockwidget

    I just want that clock/weather widget :)

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