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Acer Liquid X1 in the flesh, first impressions

Acer made a surprise announcement when they unveiled the Liquid X1, an LTE-capable octa-core smartphone powered by a Mediatek chip.

It was the first handset we looked for when we visited the Acer Booth here in Computex yesterday. The device wasn’t hard to find from the throng of other smartphones Acer had on display.


The handset looked pretty simple and plain and the size was just right on the hands, even with its 5.7-inch display. The front panel is all-glass that stretches from edge to edge.

The device is fairly slim with the back panel covered in rubber-like polycarbonate material with a dimpled texture, perhaps to provide better grip (a close likeliness to that of the Galaxy S5).

We aren’t sure what that small circular button just below the camera at the back.


The rear camera is touted to be one of the fastest on focusing-speed and wider aperture but we were not able to make any test shots and really tell the difference.

The UI is the same one used by previous Liquid smartphones though there were a few more features that got introduced lately, like Zoom Fit which allows you to resize the screen area to just 4-inches to make it more usable to those with smaller hands; and the AcerRAPID that allows for screen operation even when using a glove or if the display has been sprinkled with liquid.


The Liquid X1 has some very good promise here and we thought the Mediatek chip with LTE-capability could help lower the retail price.

Acer Liquid X1 specs:
5.7-inch IPS display @ 720×1280 pixels
MediaTek MT6592 1.7GHz octa-core processor
Mali-450MP quad-core GPU
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
HSPA+/LTE 150Mbps, Category 4
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with aGPS support
FM radio tuner
13MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 2,700mAh battery
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

While Acer has not indicate the SRP, they mentioned the handset could be out by 3rd quarter of this year.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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6 Responses

  1. simplynice93 says:

    This phone is gonna be my next primary phone if priced below 10k.

  2. Rabbit29 says:

    looks promising :)

  3. NoNonsense says:

    Nakaraang araw meron isa dito na nagcomment na wala daw lte sa mediatek na cpu dahil qualcomm snapdragon lang daw pwede. Eh etong acer lte naman eh mediatek din ito. Tama yun may nagsabi na bakit napakalaking isyu ang lte? Porke 4G lte payan iphone o samsung mo ang tanong kakayanin ba ng budget mo kung ang kaya lang naman CM, SM at MP lang pero Octacores naman at 6″ IPS 720×1280. Mas maganda naman yan di hamak sa 3210 mo noon at 12K pa bili mo. Pilipino talaga walang kakuntentohan. At isa pa, porke anong klaseng lte yan phone mo kung prepaid lang naman at hindi subscribed sa data plan wala din silbi yan lte mo. Mas maganda parin kung WiFi sa bahay at Fiber gamit mo ayun garantisado ko yan sayo speed of light bilis ng phone mo. Pero kung 1Mbps lang naman speed ng net mo @999/month subscription ka hindi ka magexpect ng magandang speed kasi ang 1Mbps sa Pinas ay hindi 1 megabyte per second kundi 10megabit per second. Inuuto lang tayo ng mga Telcos. Kung ang akin nga 2 subscription both for PLDT and Globe at same 10Mbps plan eh, umaangal pa nga ako kasi ang tamang speed triggered is only 6.47Mbps laang. At ang aking phone ay isang iPhone 4S at Starmobile Diamond-X1 octacore at dito nakakabit plan infinity sa Smart all in @ 10K a month di pa nga masyadong mabilis pero inuunawa ko nalang na ganun ka palpak ang Telco sa Pinas at hindi katulad sa US ang 50Mbps parang rocket speed. Kayo naman angal ng angal. Makuntento nalang kayo kaya di puro pasikat dito. Pero samsung Y Duos lang cpninyo. Sabagay yan di dati ko CP at Ace3 aba maganda din yun ah kaysa wala kang CP at yung iba nang-iis-snatch nalang para maka wifi at makacomment lang dito as if ang tatalino nila kaysa sa author dito.

  4. Allain says:

    Big deal pa ba ang LTE kung meron namang WiFi?

  5. MorD says:

    Uyy may pang laban na din Acer sa Samsung, Sony at LG. Sana medyo lower ang price nito kaysa sa 3 brands na sinabi ko. I’m willing to buy this if its cheaper and performes well. :)

  6. theologaster says:

    NoNonsense tama ka! 1mbps hindi megabytes per second kundi megabit per second nang-uuto lang yang mga telcos dapat silipin yan sa senado

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