Acer Liquid Jade Z

Acer's Liquid Jade Z drops into US retailers starting at $229

Weighing just 110 grams (about 3.8 ounces), the Acer Liquid Jade Z is one of the lightest phones around, and the unlocked 4G LTE Android phone is light on your wallet, too. Available in Europe for 199 euros since March, the phone was just made available in the United States with a starting price of $229. (It's not officially available in the UK or Australia, but it can found online in the UK for £230, and the price translates to about AU$320.) That buys you the baseline model with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage; Acer also sells a model with double the RAM for $20 more. If you need more storage space than what's provided, you can pop in a microSD card into an open slot on the phone -- but only up to 32GB more.

Both editions sport a 5-inch, HD Gorilla Glass 3 screen powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The 2,300mAh battery is reported to offer up to five hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby, and the phone -- only available now in charcoal gray -- also offers optional dual nano-SIMs.

The standout feature is likely to be its voice-activated 13-megapixel camera, whose lens boats a fast f/1.8 aperture. That could make it useful in low light, but we'll definitely need to put the camera through its paces to see how it holds up. If you're more interested in taking selfies, there's a 5-megapixel lens up front that pairs with the phone's "Perfect selfie" mode that enhances low light shooting. The Jade Z also offers Acer's Dual Shot mode, which will take pictures or video from the front and rear cameras simultaneously, so you can create funky picture-in-picture effects.

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