Acer Unveiled Liquid S2, The First Smartphone To Offer 4K Video Camera

Acer brought its 5.7-inch Liquid S1 Android smartphone back in June at Computex. Since then, people have been waiting for the Liquid S2 model. The good news is lately Acer has announced Liquid S2 and the company plans to introduce the smartphone at IFA 2013. What more buzzing about the Liquid S2 is it is the very first smartphone to have 4K video camera.

Liquid S2

The Liquid S2 packs a 6-inch full HD display with IPS technology. It is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, and 2 GB of RAM. There is a 3,300 mAh battery that lets the device run long time. The device also features ultra-fast connectivity including 4G LTE and the new Wi-Fi 802.11 ac standard.

The smartphone also comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash along with a 2-megapixel front shooter capable of 1080p video. The device also packs with several software enhancements on the camera side like the “quick first shot” that lets you take a snap right from the phone’s unlock screen and you have the ability to adjust focus and exposure separately. The “favorite mode” lets you create up to five profiles with customized settings and effects.

It’s clear that Liquid S2 is a direct competitor of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone that’s also been rumored to record 4K videos. Check the press release below for more.

Press Release

A Touch More Resolution with Acer’s First 4K Recording Smartphone @ IFA 2013

Editors’ Summary:

• Ultra multimedia: 13MP camera, 4K Video, fast full HD, 4 x slow motion, full panorama 27MP photo, LED flash

• Ultra performance: Full HD 6″ display with IPS technology

• Ultra connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac

BERLIN, Sept. 2, 2013 – Acer will unveil at IFA 2013 the new Liquid S2, a full HD 6″ with IPS technology 4K recording capable smartphone with ultra-fast connectivity including 4G LTE and the new Wi-Fi 802.11 ac standard. Following the recent successful launch of the Liquid E, Z and S series, Acer is now ushering in a different world of clarity with four times the resolution of full HD. This technology has been featured in some cameras already, but it’s a completely new experience with smartphones running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor capable of recording in 4K.

The real beauty of the smartphone is its iconic soft round curves and red elements for the receiver mesh and metallic ring highlighting the four LED ring flash for low light and macro capturing. The curved glass surface keeps a soft touch and “edgeless” feeling around the rim.

A touch of visual moments

The Liquid S2 combines the simple and visual interface with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs or videos with a smartphone. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera allows consumers to capture moments with an 88-degree wide viewing angle.

The Liquid S2 is loaded with several enhancements to capture reality:

• BSI Sensors and LED Ring Flash: Sharper pictures in any environment

• Video Recording: 4K Ultra HD, fast full HD 1080p 60FPS, 4 x slow motion

• Full Panorama Pictures: Up to 27-megapixels in a single picture

• Quick First Shot: Take picture right from unlock the screen with automatic center-focus by tapping any location on the screen

• Smart Best Shot: Automatically detects photo type and takes multiple shots for best selection

• Tag Widget: Convenient photo browsing with scene tag.

• Favorite Mode: Create up to five profiles with customized effects, flash, capture mode and scenes

• Exposure Control: One finger focus and exposure adjustment

• Freehand Capture: Crop out anything on the screen using hand or a digital pen

• Live Screen™: Share ideas and journey through pictures and scribble

A touch faster

This feature-packed Android smartphone will operate on 3G and 4G networks to boost customers with an average upload speed of up to 150Mbps. It will also support the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11 ac, offering significantly faster data transfer, better coverage and power efficiency when compared to today’s 802.11 n standard. The Easy Hotspot enables the smartphone to act as a mobile Wi-Fi router to share wireless internet connectivity with up to 6 Wi-Fi enabled devices. The internet connection can also be shared with QR codes and NFC.

Acer Float User Interface allows several app windows to stay open, so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut where apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime and can be customized with up to 7 favored app shortcuts. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.

A touch more power

The latest addition to the Acer smartphone family is designed with a full HD display with IPS technology and 368 ppi for brilliant, stunning graphics on the 6-inch screen with a wide viewing angle. It is 8.99 mm thin and has two stereo speakers powered with Dolby Digital Plus for a stunning sound experience. The Liquid S2 also uses curved Gorilla Glass® 3.0 to boast native damage resistance, making it stronger and more resistant to scratches and daily usage than before.

Available in red or black, the Liquid S2 is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB of internal memory and 3300 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store a large library of photos, music and videos on the expandable memory of up to 128GB to complement the standard 16GB on-board storage.

Features and specs

Display 6″, full HD (1,920 x 1,080), 368 PPI, IPS

Main camera 13 MP auto-focus, f2.2, 28 mm lens, BSI sensor, LED ring flash, 4K video

Front camera 2 MP, f2.2, 24 mm lens, 88° wide angle, BSI sensor, 1080p video

Processor: Quad-core 2.2 GHz

Storage / memory: 16 GB / 2 GB

Battery: 3300 mAh, non-replaceable Li-polymer battery

Dimensions: 166 x 86 x 8.99 mm,

Network: 4G: 800/1800/2600 3G: 900/2100 2G: 850/900/1800/1900

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC

Sensors: Light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyro

Operating system: Android™ 4.2.2

Acer features: Acer Float UI, Acer HD Channel, Acer Docs and Acer Remote Files, Acer

Data Traffic Manager, Acer Float Caller, Acer Float Apps

(maps/notes/camera/calculator), Acer Live Screen™, Acer Print, Acer

Easy hotspot

Additional features: Skitch, YouTube™, Moodagent, Polaris Office, Swype text input, Google

Keep, Evernote®, wireless display, Dolby Digital Plus

Pricing and Availability

The Liquid S2 version will be available at the end of October in. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later stage.

Source: The Verge

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Imrul Haque is Product Engineer at TheTechJournal. He writes about new products and covers mobile apps. You can reach him on Twitter And Google+.

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