MWC2015: Acer Announces 3 Budget Devices
Acer has unveiled the Liquid Z410 during early January this year in Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This time in Mobile World Congress (MWC), they unveiled three devices to be added into the Liquid lineup, namely: Z220, Z520, & Jade Z. Z220 and Z520 are aimed towards the budget-tier of the market, whilst Jade Z is a mid-range device that is packed with high-end features.
The Liquid Z220 and Z520 has the same basic specifications. They have 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, as well as 1GB of RAM. These enable the usage of day-to-day tasks, nothing fancy. The Z220 has a 4-inch WVGA 233PPI display. The display specs of the Z520 was not announced, but it seems that the Z520 has a bigger screen.
Both phones will offer 8GB of internal storage, along with dual SIM card slots. Onto the cameras, they will have 2MP of front-end camera. For rear-end cameras, the Z220 will have a 5MP camera with 89° wide view snapper. The Z520 will offer a higher resolution of 8MP pixel sensor. Another difference is that Z520 will offer DTS Studio Sound speakers. Acer said that this will provide an “astonishing stereo sound”.
Liquid Jade Z, as said, has a mid-to-high end specs. It has 64-bit quad-core MediaTek SoC, which should enable most tasks for users. The 5-inch display is a feature that is similar to high-end devices. It also has a 13MP rear camera that has f1.8 aperture. The front camera is packed with 5MP f22 aperture camera. The device also supports up to Cat4 of LTE data speeds.
Another unique point of the device is that the handset has a Zero Air Gap display. The Zero Air Gap display is said to help avoid distracting reflections. This display also works with Acer’s Read Mode feature that reduces blue-light emissions when reading for prolonged time. For audio aspects, the phone has 24-bit audio support and has the same sound setup that Z520 has: the DTS Studio Sound setup. It also has a sleek design with 7.9mm frame and only 110g.
Perhaps the other selling point for these smartphones is that they are all reasonably priced. The Z220 will be sold for €89 (MYR356) and the Z520 will be sold at €109 (MYR436). The Liquid Jade Z will be sold at €199 (MYR796) and will be available in Europe this March, along with Z220. Z520 will be available in April.