Acer Liquid S1 hands-on

Acer UK this week showed us a sample of its new oversized phablet Google Android phone, officially launched at this year's Computex in Taiwan three weeks ago. The Acer Liquid S1 is a budget mini-slate aimed at people with big hands and shallow pockets, estimated to sell for around £200 when it launches this summer. See also Sony rolls out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to Xperia Z and ZL.

Inside is a low-cost Mediatek ARM processor, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.5 GHz. Only 8 GB of onboard storage is included although a slot for a microSDHC card means music and media at least can be stored off-phone. Take a look at: How to remove any app from Android smartphones and tablets.

The display measures 5.7in corner to corner, making this a two-handed device for most everyday use. Resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels. In our demo we noted it was not as responsive to touch control as it could be, in particular the 'soft' home and nav keys below the main screen. 

Battery is removable but capacity is unknown as the sample shown was pre-production with no markings. We'd estimate less than 9 Wh though, and Acer only expects it to last one day in use.

Google Android 4.2 runs the phone, with almost no additional customisation by Acer.

Acer Liquid S1 specs

Bands: 2G and 3G
Screen: 5.7-inch, 720 x 1280 pixels (258 ppi)
Camera: (Rear) 8Mp, 3264 x 2448 pixels
Storage: 8GB, expandable by up to 32GB with microSD
OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
RAM: 1GB
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 (MTK 6589)
SIM: optional Dual SIM
Battery: Li-Ion 2400 mAh
Weight: 195 g

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