The Computex 2013 trade show is currently underway in Taiwan, and among the new products already announced is a big-screen phone from Acer. The Liquid S1 is the latest tablet/smartphone hybrid to hit the market, but rather than having something like a 5-inch display, Acer has gone even bigger with a 5.7-inch screen.
This puts it in the same category as the ZTE Grand Memo, which was revealed at Mobile World Congress in February, and makes it one of the largest phones you can buy, beaten only by devices such as the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. Like the Grand Memo, the Liquid S1′s screen has a 720p, 1280×720 pixel resolution.
Powering the S1 is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, built by MediaTek, along with 1GB of RAM. An 8 megapixel camera sits on the back of the phone, and a 2 megapixel camera mounted above the screen will take care of video calls. A relatively small 8GB of storage is built-in, but there is a microSD card slot ready to boost this by 32GB.
Android 4.2 is installed, and Acer has left the interface almost completely as Google intended, aside from a few widgets and shortcuts added for convenience. Made primarily from matte black plastic, the Liquid S1 does have aluminium accents on its 195 gram body, a weight which is to be expected given the size of the device.
Acer will be putting the Liquid S1 on sale during the third quarter this year, and have confirmed it’ll be making its way to the UK, along with Germany, France, Russia and a few other European locations. It’ll be priced at a reasonable 330 euros, which is around £280.