Acer's Liquid Zest Plus phone offers a little extra spice

With a huge battery, 13-megapixel camera and high-quality audio, Acer's Liquid Zest Plus manages to surprise with a low price.

Nic Healey

Nic Healey

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Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.

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For a phone that's going to cost just $199 or £199 (around AU$275) Acer sure has tried put a lot into the 5.5-inch frame of the Liquid Zest Plus.

Big battery and big camera are the two initial stand outs. The 5,000 mAh battery is significantly bigger than some flagship phones that have been renowned for their lifespan: Samsung's latest Note, for example, has just 3,000 mAh. Similarly the 13-megapixel rear camera isn't what you'd expect from a sub-$200 phone.

But they aren't the only tricks the Zest Plus has up its fairly plain sleeve. The battery has a quick charge system that'll get it to 50 percent capacity in just one hour and it can even be used to charge other phones.

The camera has what Acer is calling a "hybrid tri-focusing system" which means it pulls focus fast: In just 0.3 seconds, in fact. Selfie fans (and aren't we all these days) should get a kick from the 85-degree angle on the 5-megapixel front facing camera. There's even an automatic selfie mode that uses face detection and you can shake the handset to start an automatic selfie timer.


The Liquid Zest Plus even comes with DTS-HD sound, dual-SIM capacity and a bluelight shield for night use. Of course, the real question is what did Acer leave out to get that low price tag?

We should get some deeper information on the Acer Liquid Zest Plus in a few days when Computex 2016 in in full swing, so stand by for some hands-on impressions later this week.

Check out the rest of CNET's Computex 2016 coverage here.

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