Hands on with the Acer Liquid S1 phablet

Acer launches 5.7 inch Liquid S1 phablet

At a swanky launch event at the top of London’s BT Tower, Acer yesterday gave us the opportunity to get our hands on its latest addition to its smartphone collection- the 5.7-inch Liquid S1 phablet.

The device runs Android version 4.2 and is powered by an impressive quad-core 1.5GHz processor- which is superior to that of Samsung’s Mega 5.8-and has 8GB of internal storage. The phablet’s 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixel front camera, when tested on the BT Tower’s skyscraper views across London, weren’t too bad either.

 At just 9.6mm thick, the Liquid S1 doesn’t feel as bulky as you might imagine for a 5.7-inch device, and weighing in at 195g, it is actually only 50g heavier than devices such as the 4.7-inch HTC One. And as you can see from the photo above, it even fits into your pocket.

Also, because the phablet is encased by a polycarbonate back, it gives the device a more high-quality feel about it, especially when compared to Samsung’s plasticy Galaxy smartphone and phablet range.

The Acer event was held to in honour of Acer’s partnership with BT Mobile, to celebrate two new devices, the Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2 (announced at MWC) becoming part of the BT Business mobile range. BT Mobile will offer these two smartphones on tariffs ranging from £17.50 to £35 per month.

An Acer spokesman stated that the company had “no desire to compete with established brands” and instead offers “high end specifications on affordable handsets”.

Also showcased at the event was the Acer Iconia W3-810 tablet running Windows Phone 8. The 8.1-inch tablet features an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, which has the power to run multiple power-hungry applications simultaneously without becoming sluggish. With 8+ hours of battery life, the Iconia  enables users to make full use of Microsoft’s Office and entertainment packages that come pre-installed on the device.

What do you think of Acer’s movement into the smartphone and phablet market? Would you want a 5.7-inch phone? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, or to post a comment. 

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel