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I’ve been covering mobile since the onset of my career as an online technology writer back in 2010. For two years now, I have talked about a lot of companies, even for some that still live under obscurity. Surprisingly, I’ve never posted a single article regarding a handset manufactured by Acer; which in my opinion, is pretty normal as Acer’s respective field is laptops, not phones or tablets. Big lie.
The company just announced its new flagship-smartphone the Liquid S2, which obviously is the second iteration of the Liquid line. The hand-held device’s marquee feature is located on its back, more precisely; in its camera. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the world’s first smartphone capable of recording 4K 3840×2160 video. Yes, you heard that right.
Is 4K video the new ‘cool’ in mobile?
The most abrupt thing about this headline is not the phone’s unprecedented video capabilities, but the fact that Acer was the one to bring 4K video capture in the mobile industry. Everyone would expect Apple -with the iPhone 12-, Samsung, HTC -the company that brought the quad-core chip with the One X first in the phone market-, or even Motorola, to bring it in, but Acer? It’s an incident that’s both astonishing for all the mobile lovers and simultaneously hilarious for those who have been following the mobile world for a while now -conventional wisdom. Jokes aside, props to Acer. Season 2012-2013 in review: premium level handsets now sport larger -unhandy- full HD screens, which is not bad at all, though it is not something that would cause a ‘wow‘ or another oral element of surprise. Let down the fact that the manufacturers neglect to upgrade their batteries along with the 1080p screen integration, causing an embarrassing battery performance. Especially when you have to fork out such a large amount of money to purchase a phone; which promises to serve its owner firmly for the next two to three years.
What was the last time we have heard something big about cellular video recording? January 2011, LG Optimus 2X; the first phone in the market to record 1080p video. That was more than two and a half years ago, thus it is really fascinating to see a phone’s video resolution sharpening up to ultra HD -as 4K is formally referred to. The sole break dealer though, is that high resolution screens and cameras are well-known battery absorbers. Acer took care of that as well, including a 3,300 mAh pack to sustain the stellar 6-inch Gorilla Glass screen displaying 368 pixels per inch and the 4K video capture.
Acer Liquid S2 specifications
I am sure you are here to learn about the device’s rest internal features as well, so here you go.
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches (~367 ppi pixel density), covered by corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz (Krait 400)
- GPU: Adreno 330
- RAM: 2GB
- Memory: 16GB, expandable via microSD up to 128GB -dear Lord
- Camera(s): Primary; 13 MPix, autofocus, LED ring flash, Geo-tagging, 27 MP panorama photos, recording video at either 4K @30 FPS or 1080p @60FPS. Secondary; 2 MPix shooting at 1080p@30fps
- Operating System: Android v4.2.2 Jellybean
- Connectivity: WiFi, NFC, LTE, Bluetooth v4.0
- Battery: Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Is the S2 package sufficient enough to bring Acer back to the game after a long-lasting retreat?
Now that you have read the spec sheet of the phone, you have probably already figured out that we are talking about a premium-tier handset. From its wireless antennas to the chipset, this phone’s internal implementations are astonishing. Something I’ve forgotten to mention in this piece is the device’s actual design.
Here is a quote from Acer’s press release earlier today, referring to the handset’s structure,
The real beauty of the smartphone is its iconic soft round curves and red elements for the receiver mesh and metallic ring highlighting the four LED ring flash for low light and macro capturing. The curved glass surface keeps a soft touch and “edgeless” feeling around the rim.
In addition, the building quality of the S2 is a delicate work as well. Though, if you are seeking for my comment, allow me to say that the design of the phone shares a striking resemblance with HTC’s One X body. Both the front and the back. But frankly, how much long are we going to milk that design-patients cow?
Moving on to the financial part behind this story, the company has not faired well, at least for the last couple of years. Its presence in the global cellular market is literally invisible. After all, a top-notch device made by Acer, was something to expect. The S2 constitutes Acer’s hidden card, promising a strong comeback, a inanimate hero, precursor to a new age, made from scratch, to boom the Taiwanese’s corporation’s sales. And to be honest, the device fulfils every aspect and every qualification to partially accomplish the cause and actually compete with whatever the rest of the year brings. In order to resurrect, it is compulsory for the company to emphasize on inventing similar devices for its tablet and computer sections as well. My final conclusion would be the one I used in the “HTC’s mobile OS solely aimed to the Chinese market” recent report, Schrodinger’s cat. No risks- no glory.
When is the S2 hitting shelves and where?
Funny thing about this article is the fact that its original form was a 300-word news story demonstrating the phone’s functionalities and specs; and ended up to a one thousand plus word editorial talking about Acer’s finances. Classic Orestes, so classic Orestes.
Moreover, the S2 has great potential as its mother prepared it well for this harsh society dominated by Apple’s, HTC’s and Samsung’s (brands set in an alphabetical order, not a sponsor) individual kingdoms, with all these exceptional features she implemented in it. At the current moment, we cannot say much. I guess we will have to wait until the official launch of the handset which will take place sometime in the upcoming October, according to the company’s press release. Unfortunately the document did not disclose any pricing info, it did stated though that the phone, as usual, will be initially exclusively available in the European market, not the US -at least for now. Acer must make its advent in other markets as well, if it wants results on the table. Hope is maintained, that Acer will indeed shed more light to the story at the launch event scheduled for mid-October. In addition, Samsung is expected to include 4K video enhancement in the Note III sensor too. Rumors, oh rumors.