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Up close with Acer's front camera flash for selfies (photos)

The Liquid E3 has a so-so screen, but Acer is hoping a front flash will woo buyers.

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Acer's Liquid E3, Making its debut at the Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, Spain, features a host of modern upgrades, including quad-core processing and a big 4.7-inch screen.
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One of the updated Android handset's upgrades is a sharp 13-megapixel camera.
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On the back side of the Liquid E3 is the phone's main 13-megapixel camera with LED flash.
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The Liquid E3's 13-megapixel camera offers a range of lighting and geo-tagging options.
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Meanwhile, the Liquid E3's front-facing imaging system features a 2-megapixel shooter for stills and video, plus a flash to nab pictures in low light -- perfect for helping users grab selfies.
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The Liquid E3's sizable display relies on IPS technology, which should bodes well for brightness, viewing angles, and overall image quality.
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The LED flash on Acer's Liquid E3.
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The Liquid E3 is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor backed up by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
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The Liquid E3 feels comfortingly solid, and its textured back doesn't act as a grease or fingerprint magnet
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AcerFloat lets users multitask by keeping numerous application windows open simultaneously, floating around the home screen.
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Liquid E3's chassis is curved, explaining what makes the phone comfortable to grip.
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The Liquid E3 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean installed out of the box, but Acer has committed to providing an update to Android 4.4 KitKat "later this year."
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Acer says it will ship the Liquid E3 in Europe by April for a suggested price of 199 euros ($273).

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