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IFA 2016: Acer Intros Liquid and Liquid Z6 Plus Smartphones


Acer is a Taiwanese tech company that has been around for quite a while. The brand is especially known for PCs, laptops and other computer components. In case you did not know, Acer also makes mobile devices, and even though the company is not among the top dogs in the smartphone industry, the execs decided to launch a few interesting phones once in awhile. They are not concerned about the premium segment of the market, and they tend to release budget and mid-tier handsets. As you might already be aware, the IFA 2016 event has started in Berlin, and Acer has already revealed a couple of terminals. There are two phones which have just been showcased and we’re going to talk about their technical specs today.

So, Acer has announced two smartphones at IFA Berlin, which are called Liquid Z6 and Liquid Z6 Plus. The former is an entry-level devices, while the latter can fit in the mi-tier segment judging by its hardware specs. When it comes to the exterior design, the devices share a  lot of similarities, but they are not exactly made from the same material, and the Liquid Z6 Plus sports a fingerprint recognition sensor underneath the display, a feature which the regular Liquid Z6 lacks. The mid-ranger has a slick unibody metal casing that gives it a more high-end feel and it looks better as well. If we take a look under the hood, considering that we’re talking about phones belonging in distinct market segments, we won’t see much similarities. There is a difference when it comes to the display too. The Liquid Z6 ships with a Full IPS screen that measures 5 inches and has a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. Memory-wise, it includes 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. The handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core SoC, and has a weight of 126 grams. In the camera department, it boasts an 8 MP shooter on the back side, and a rather underwhelming 2 MP one on the front. Last but not least, the device measures 145.5 x 72.5 x 8.5.

The Liquid Z6 Plus on the other hand, features, as mentioned before, a fingerprint sensor under the screen and it has better specs as well. It sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and has a larger amount of memory, specifically 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. It has a more powerful processor as well, namely the MediaTek MT6753 octa-core chip, and it packs a large battery with a 4,080 mAh capacity. In the imaging sector, the Liquid Z6 Plus comes with a 13 MP main camera, and a 5 MP secondary snapper, which should provide decent selfies. The device measures 153.6 x 75.4 x 8.5 mm, and it has a weight of 168 grams. To conclude with the specs, both smartphones will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow right from the start.

All in all, the Liquid Z6 will be sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as of November 2016, starting at a price tag of €119. As far as the Liquid Z6 Plus is concerned, it will begin selling in December in the same EMEA region, but will be considerably more expensive, having a price of €249.

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