At its New York launch event in April, Acer announced the Liquid Jade smartphone along with the Liquid Leap wearable. We've got some proper hands-on time with the device at the firm's 2014 Christmas in July showcase in London, so read our Acer Liquid Jade review.
Acer originally said the Liquid Jade would launch in late July, early August but we're now told it will arrive in September. The good news is that the smartphone will be very affordable. Acer has confirmed with PC Advisor that it will cost a maximum of £229 but the firm is aiming for just £199.
The firm is known for making cheap devices but the Jade certainly doesn't feel particularly budget. It's by no means in the same class as the LG G3,HTC One M8 or iPhone 5s but we didn't expect that. It's competing with mid-range devices such as theSony Xperia M2 and HTC One mini 2.
The phone looks and feels nice in the hand with its smooth curves and a nicely thin and light design. It has a desirable nature and is easily Acer's best smartphone to date.
For your money you get a large 5in screen but anyone expecting a Full HD resolution will be disappointed. The Liquid Jade uses 720p HD which spread across the big display results in a pixel density of 294ppi – it's not ideal but doesn't look totally awful.
Hiding underneath the smooth curved plastic exterior is a Mediatek 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. We found performance to be fairly decent during our time with the Jade. There's just 8GB of internal storage but a microSD card slot is present.
The specs aren't the kind to blow anyone away but you might be surprised to learn, as we were, to learn the Liquid Jade features a 13Mp rear facing camera. As you can see from the photos with the screen on, the conditions weren't great for testing it out but it certainly has potential. Up front is a more regular 2Mp camera.
Remaining specs are basic so there's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but no NFC, IR blaster or 4G LTE support.
On the software front, the Liquid Jade runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and we're told it will be upgradable. As can see from the photos, things are relatively vanilla but with Acer's green colour running through and a number of its own apps including Acer Cloud and SnapNote.
Acer doesn't typically excite us with its smartphones but we're keen to get our hands on the Liquid Jade. Look out for a full review in the coming weeks.
Buying Advice The Acer Liquid Jade is cheap but doesn't feel like it. Specs are mostly unexcited but the 13Mp camera has potential. Watch out for a full review soon of what looks like Acer's best smartphone.