Acer Liquid C1, in the flesh!

Acer Liquid C1, in the flesh!

Last month, we reported about the Liquid C1 which is Acer’s first smartphone to be powered by an Intel Atom processor. We finally got our hands on one so check out our first impressions after the break.


The Acer Liquid C1 is actually the first Intel-based Android smartphone to be marketed here in the Philippines. It has a 4.3-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with a good pixel density of 256 ppi. Although it utilizes an IPS technology the viewing angles are not as good as the ones found on most high-end smartphones. On the plus side, the display is sharp and has good color reproduction.


Found on top of the display is the metallic earpice and VGA front-facing camera. Down below are three capacitive buttons and microphone. Surrounding the glass is the bezel with a ceramic-like finish and a curved chamfer similar to the one found on the Lenovo A800. The sides, on the other hand, are covered in a silver chrome strip. Located on the left side is the microUSB port. On the right is the volume rocker. The headset jack and power/lock button right on top.


Take a look of it’s backside and you’ll notice the dimpled backplate with a rubber-like finish. Also found here is the 8 megapixel AF camera with LED flash, the Acer and Intel logo, and the speaker. Overall, the Liquid C1 feels solid while the textured back feels good in the hands and adds some extra grip.


As for the OS, the Liquid C1 currently runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on Jellybean update yet but judging from our quick hands-on, the single-core 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 Lexington processor and 1GB of RAM did well in keeping things running smoothly. Watch the quick hands-on video below:

Acer Liquid C1 specs:
4.3″ qHD (540 x 960) IPS LCD display @256ppi
Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 GHz
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
8MP AF camera w/ LED flash
VGA front-facing
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
GPS w/ A-GPS support
Li-Ion 2,000 mAh battery
127.3 x 65.5 x 10 mm
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

Intel and Acer did not disclose any detail regarding pricing but they informed us that they will launch the Liquid C1 in the country sometime next week.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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15 Responses

  1. Ronn says:

    Nice, I want one! :) sana mid-range lang ang price!

  2. Justin says:

    Benchmarks, please!

  3. David Z says:

    Given the specs, to say at least P10K is probably too cheap. Make it P12-13K at best.

    Still, any lower than P12K (if ever) is arguably good coming from a brand. :)

  4. Princeton says:

    Hi sir Yuga, compatible ba lahat ng apps dito. kasi may nabasa ako na article regarding incompatibility with apps dahil intel processor sya(unit was Motorola RAZR i XT890 which uses Intel Atom Z2460).

  5. FMZ says:

    next, Solid X1 will have i7 proc.

  6. Still waiting for Intel i5 or i7 for phone. :)

  7. Miss Pinky Heart says:

    Waiting for an Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron based phone w/ 5″ 4K Diamond Glass Screen, 16GB RAM, 5TB of storage and made from Gold-Titanium alloy.

  8. darren philip says:

    hindi nakikinig haha… alam q ito ang first intel na fone. Hindi po ba?

    • D-MAN says:

      sa pagkaka-alam ko 1st intel phone in “ASIA”, daw… hehehe

      The Motorola RAZR i XT890 which is also powered by Intel Atom Z2460 was launch Sept 2012

  9. Michael DiGiahomo says:

    Another 2012 spec-ed phone. No thanks

  10. eyesman says:

    so what should a 2013 spec-ed phone be? at the mid entry level? all apps work fine even if intel based btw.

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