Acer takes lead in Android race with Liquid

The new Acer Android Liquid
The new Acer Android Liquid

Acer has announced its new range of Android smartphones, dubbed the 'Liquid' series, and has brought with it some industry leading specs too.

The phone will be packing Android 1.6, which allows manufacturers to release devices with a higher resolution screen. This has resulted in the industry's first QVGA (800 x 480 pixel) screen, giving the best experience on a mobile for video and web browsing.

The grunt is there too - Acer has nabbed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, previously used in the TG01 and forthcoming the HTC HD2, and this will help speed Android up no end.

Sense and then some

And in keeping with today's Android skins - Acer has promised YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration with contacts, meaning you're able to interact with them easily from within the phone.

The overall Android experience is very similar to the HTC Magic from the outset - apart from some scrollable tweaks - but it's under the bonnet that is going to set this phone apart from the rest, with 3D graphics possible thanks to the upgraded processor.

There's no official UK release date as yet, but we've heard that it will be coming around December this year, so you might want to put it on your list to Santa.

We're publishing a full hands-on with the phone later today, so get ready for a full range of pictures with the Acer Liquid Android phone.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.