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Close-up with the cheap and cheerful Acer Liquid Z4 (photos)

This basic smartphone only runs Jelly Bean, but Acer says the camera is good.

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Acer is offering an up-close look at its new Android-powered Liquid Z4 during the Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona, Spain.
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Acer's Liquid Z4 features a rear-mounted a 5-megapixel camera.
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Acer's Liquid Z4 comes in at a at a light 4.6 ounces and features a 4-inch screen. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the Acer Liquid Z4 doesn't exactly boast Google's latest and greatest.
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The Liquid Z4's 5-megapixel camera sports a lens with f2.4 optics to serve up superior photos.
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Acer's Liquid Z4's edges measure 9.7mm (0.38 inch) thick.
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The back of Acer's Liquid Z4's surfaces repel fingerprints and grease.
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Under the Liquid Z4's subcompact hood is a dual-core 1.3GHz processor linked to 4GB of internal storage.
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To enhance music and movies, the Z4 relies on DTS Sound technology.
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CNET's Reviews team was disappointed too by the screen's washed out colors and lack of lumens.
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Also, the Liquid Z4's display's image quality drops dramatically when tilted off-angle, especially vertically.
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The Acer Liquid Z4's camera in action.
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The Acer Liquid Z4 allows for customized user modes. An AirFloat feature will keep multiple app windows open at once so users can flip quickly between them.
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Acer says its Liquid Z4 is crafted to fit comfortably in the hand.
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Acer plans to offer the Liquid Z4 in Europe beginning in April for a suggested price of 99 euros ($136).

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