Acer is adding the Z, a mid-range smartphone, to its Liquid Jade lineup at MWC. Acer’s flagship, the Liquid Jade S featuring a 64-bit Mediatek Octo-core (MT6752M) was launched during CES 2015.
At 199 euros, the Liquid Jade Z is hundred euros cheaper than its sibling and gets a 64 bit quad-core Mediatek processor (MT 6732m), a similar 5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass and 4G LTE (Cat 4) connectivity.
The 13 MP rear camera features a F1.8 aperture, exposure control to adjust exposure and focus independently with one finger, a “Perfect Selfie” feature, and Dual-shot for simultaneous capture from the front and rear cameras for picture-in-picture and video-in-video. The 5 MP front camera features a F2.2 aperture, for better performance in low-light.
The Jade Z features a curved surface – according to the information sheet, I cannot see it well in the photos – and is 7.9 mm thin for a very light weight of 110g! By comparison, most 5-inch latest Smartphones are more in the 150g range. Knowing that, we need to check how the build quality feels in regard of the materials used for the chassis.
On the software side, ACER offers two custom apps: AcerEXTEND to control your Windows PC either wirelessly or via cable connection, and AcerNAV, a free online navigation software powered by TomTom that aggregates Trip Advisor Points Of Interest that does not require a data plan to work on the device.
The ACER Liquid Jade Z will be available for 199 euros in the EMEA market in March.