There's no shortage of budgets handsets floating around out there in the States, and Acer just threw its name into the arena with a couple of low-mid-range (that's a thing, right?) handsets: the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410. Catchy.

I'll be the first to tell you that neither of these phones are meant for power users. Instead, they're for folks who don't care about any of the following: updates, speed, size, processor, or anything else really. I.E. - probably none of you guys.

But they are for users who care about one thing: price.

Now, if you're still interested, here are some details.

The Liquid Jade Z (seriously, wtf kind of name is that?) sports a 5-inch 720p display, a Mediatek MT6732 quad-core 64-bit processor, either one or two gigabytes of RAM (depending on configuration), 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage, and 13MP/5MP cameras. It also has a microSD card slot, dual LTE SIM slots, and a 2300mAh battery. It'll run $229 for the 1GB/8GB model, and $249 for 2GB/16GB.

The Liquid Z410 is the weaker of the two, packing a 4.5-inch 854x480 display, a Mediatek MT6732M quad-core processor, one or two gigabytes of RAM, 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage, and 5MP/2MP cameras. Like its bigger brother (I only assume they're related, to be honest), it also has a microSD card slot and dual LTE SIM slots, along with a 2000 mAh battery. This one will cost $129 for the 1GB/8GB model and $149 for the 2GB/16GB model.

Now, ready for the bad news (yeah, it gets worse): they're both running Android 4.4.4.

You know what, I'll just end it with that.

KitKat.

Ugh.

Press Release

(PRWEB) August 27, 2015 -- Editor’s Summary

  • Liquid Jade Z features beautiful 5-inch HD Gorilla® Glass® display and a 13MP camera; weighs only 3.8 ounces
  • Liquid Z410 supports customizable one-touch actions and voice commands at an entry- level price
  • Both smartphones deliver 4G LTE (Cat.4) connectivity, speedy browsing and streaming with Mediatek 64-bit quad-core processor and powerful DTS Studio Sound™
  • MSRP for Liquid Jade Z starts at $229 and at $129 for the Liquid Z410

Acer America is bringing two of its smartphones to the United States, the award-winning Liquid Jade Z and the 4.5-inch Liquid Z410. Power packed, both smartphones support 4G LTE connectivity and deliver 64-bit quad-core processing for fast browsing, streaming and downloading. The smartphones offer a host of handy features for communicating via voice, text and data. They’re also unlocked, so customers can select the carrier of their choice.

“Our newest smartphones for the U.S. market are thin, light and outfitted with the convenient tools people depend on for navigating and communicating,” said Hugo Hernandez, vice president, Acer America Smartphone Business Group.

Liquid Jade Z – Durable, light & stylish

Beautiful in form and function with a stylish curved design, the Liquid Jade Z is just .5 inches slim and weighs only 3.8 ounces, making it comfortable to hold and use with just one hand.

The Liquid Jade Z’s 5-inch HD display is viewable from almost any angle thanks to an IPS panel. It’s also readable in most circumstances with Zero Air Gap technology that reduces unwanted reflections. Durable, it’s protected under a beautiful, yet strong Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 panel and offers a special read mode that eliminates blue-light emissions to safeguard the eyes.

Thanks to a voice-activated 13MP rear camera with a F1.8 aperture, it can produce stunning pictures in any environment, even when light is scarce. A front camera with a 5MP F2.2 aperture is also included, enabling customers to easily shoot their best selfie.

Additionally, the Liquid Jade Z embeds a series of exclusive enhancements for beautiful images including:

  •     Everything brighter via the F1.8 aperture, which enables 20 percent(1) more light to reach the sensor, while Bright Magic integrates multiple pictures into one shot
  •     Perfect selfie that works even in low light conditions via Bright Magic Selfie and Surround Light
  •     Exposure control with one finger to adjust focus and exposure independently for clear shots

The Liquid Jade Z boasts 24Bit, 192KHz high resolution audio and an HD speaker with DTS Sound for enjoying HD music on the go. It’s powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor (64-bit) and the 2300 mAh battery provides up to 5 hours of talk time or 400 hours in standby.(2) A dual SIM option supports two different phone numbers for separating work and personal life.

Taking multitasking to a new level, AcerEXTEND allows customers to control the Liquid Jade Z via a cable or wirelessly using their Windows-based PC, typing with their keyboard, using drag and drop and sharing.

Liquid Z410 – Easy to use, one finger gesture controls

The Liquid Z410 delivers quality visuals and seamless graphic performance for smooth operation in an affordable design, weighing just 5.1 ounces. For quick and easy operation, an AcerRAPID key allows customers to program frequently used actions to be activated with just one touch, while Acer QuickTouch enables the phone to be controlled with a simple one-finger gesture. For example, swiping with a Z shape on the locked display launches the music player, swiping left or right commands previous and next songs, while a C shape opens the camera and a V shape enables dialer functions.

The 4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480) display with 218 ppi definition ensures selfies taken with the 2MP 80 degree wide-angle front camera are crystal clear. The rear camera features a 5MP autofocus snapper and LED flash as well as several pre-installed modes that make image capture easier than ever.

Presentation mode optimizes note-taking by converting pictures of a sheet of paper or a screen into .jpg, .pdf or .ppt files. Dual Shot lets customers make collages of simultaneous shots or videos from the front or rear cameras for Picture-in-Picture and Video-in-Video. Finally, it is voice commanded, so customers can focus on their subjects rather than logistics.

The Liquid Z410 is fueled by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor (64-bit), while the 200 mAh replaceable Li-polymer battery lasts up to 5.5 hours of talk time or 400 hours in standby.(2) A dual SIM option enables customers to leverage two different phone numbers and DTS Studio Sound™ delivers professional audio clarity.

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

Both smartphones are powered by Android 4.4 and come with a limited one year parts and labor warranty.(3) The Liquid Jade Z is offered in charcoal gray in two configurations: 1GB RAM/8GB ROM for $229 (MSRP) and 2GB RAM/16GB ROM for $249 (MSRP). The Liquid Z410 is available in dark brown in two configurations: 1GB RAM/8GB ROM for $129 (MSRP) and 2GB RAM/16GB ROM for $149 (MSRP). The Liquid Jade Z is available now at leading retailers in the United States and the Liquid Z410 will be available at retailers in September.