4G LTE-capable and 64-bit quad-core-powered, the two handhelds aren’t half bad for the prices they’re sold at, even if they run aging Android 4.4 KitKat builds.
It’s not every day that we see Acer, a company mainly associated with PC production, pushing for smartphone spotlight stateside. So, even if the Liquid Jade Z (Jay Z?) and Liquid Z410 don’t exactly qualify for a heavyweight challenge on Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge+, their North American spread deserves a headline or two.
Available in parts of Europe and Asia since spring, the Jade Z starts at $229 with “leading retailers in the United States”, offering you the choice between 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage space or 2 and 16 gigs respectively.
The latter configuration only costs 20 bucks extra, and further sports a 5-inch 720p screen, quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6732 SoC, voice-activated 13MP rear camera with F1.8 aperture, 5MP selfie shooter, DTS Sound enhancements, microSD card slot, and 2,300 mAh battery.
Also, LTE Cat.4 connectivity for all GSM carriers, we presume, and a stylish curved design, with an 8 mm slender profile and 110-gram weight. Such a shame Acer is stuck in the past as far as software goes, providing KitKat “goodies” with Marshmallows around the corner. Where are our Lollipops?
Not on the $129 Liquid Z410, which comes with Android 4.4 pre-loaded as well, and decidedly lackluster specifications on the whole. Thank God for LTE support and a reasonable 64-bit quad MTK CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz, because otherwise, this humble 4.5 incher is taken straight out of a mobile history book.
The IPS LCD display boasts FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution, you only get a 2,000 mAh cell capable of 5.5-hour endurance in talk time, and 5 and 2 MP cameras cover your meek photography needs.
On an unexpected plus side, the Liquid Z410 will also be available “at retailers” in September in two variants, with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM, or 2 and 16 at a $20 premium compared to the entry-level MSRP. Not too shabby!