Three Acer Liquid phones flow into Canada

The unlocked Android-powered Acer Liquid S1, Z3, and Z5 make landfall.

The Acer Liquid S1 is one of three Android phones headed to Canada. Acer

Three unlocked, Android-powered Acer Liquid smartphones landed in Canada on Monday, aimed at more price-conscious users seeking style but not necessarily all the speeds and feeds. Running Android 2.2 Jelly Bean on an HSPA+ network, this threesome ranges in price and power, but all come in under $400 CAD.

The largest and best-appointed of the trio, the black Liquid S1 is a veteran by today's standards, making its debut a year ago. Its 5.7-inch 1280x760 LCD screen pairs with a 1.5GHz quad-core chip, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that supports 720p HD video playback, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for taking care of selfies. It'll cost $379 CAD.

Next in line, the $199 CAD Liquid Z5 that we saw in January sports a still-large 5-inch, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. Slimness is its main claim to fame; it measures in a svelte 0.3-inch profile. A multifunctional convenience key was designed to let you launch apps one-handed. You'll be able to pick up the Z5 in white and grey, both of which are coated in a UV finish, Acer boasts, to discourage scratches.

Finally, the simplest and most budget-friendly of the bunch, the $119 CAD Liquid Z3 starts with a pipsqueak 3.5-inch HVGA display (480x320-pixel resolution), a dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. Unlike the others, it surfs the Web on a slower HSPA+21Mbps data connection. To help out its intended audience of seniors and first-timers, the Z3 comes with startup profiles aimed at four different types of users.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET


Find Your Tech Type

Take our tech personality quiz and enter for a chance to win* high-tech specs!