Acer on Thursday launched two smartphones under its ‘Liquid’ series in India – the Liquid Z530 (seen above) and the Liquid Z630s (seen below). While the Liquid Z530 is priced at Rs. 6,999, the Liquid Z630s costs Rs. 10,999. Both smartphones are exclusive to Flipkart.
While the Acer Liquid Z530 will be made available to buy from the e-commerce website from midnight Thursday, the Acer Liquid Z630s will be made available to purchase in a flash sale on November 12, with registrations due to open Thursday.
It is worth mentioning that Acer announced these two handsets in September during the IFA trade show, alongside six other smartphones. The Liquid Z530 and Liquid Z630s smartphones launched in India are dual-SIM variants, and support 4G in India.
Touted as the “perfect selfie smartphone” at the time of the launch, the Liquid Z530 packs 8-megapixel front and rear cameras. The front-camera comes with a wide-angle lens.
The Acer Liquid Z530 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS OGS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6735) processor with 2GB of RAM. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-powered smartphone also houses 16GB of inbuilt storage and can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). Under connectivity options, the handset includes 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB connectivity options. It measures 144×70.3×8.9mm and is backed by a 2420mAh battery.
As for the Liquid Z630s, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS OGS display and comes with the company’s Zero Air Gap screen. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop with Liquid UI on top, the Z630s is powered by a octa-core MediaTek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. It will be available in 32GB storage variant with expandable storage support. Measuring 156.3×77.5×8.9mm, the Z630 packs a large 4000mAh battery. Similar to the Liquid Z530, the Liquid Z630s also sports 8-megapixel rear and front cameras – the front camera once again features a wide-angle lens, and also supports 1080p video recording. It includes 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity features.
Acer touts that the handset features key apps designed as ‘Float Apps’ that take up only a portion of the display so users can see and interact with the screen below. The handset also comes pre-installed with AcerExtend, which allows a wireless connection with a compatible laptop or PC.
The company plans to manufacture the two smartphones in India as part of the Make in India initiative. It will begin production after its Puducherry plant opens in December.
Announcing the launch of the smartphones in India, S.T. Liew, President, Smart Products Business Group, Acer, said, “Keeping at par with the Indian government’s Make-in-India initiative, we are excited to announce that these smartphones will be manufactured locally in India. The plant will be operational by December 2015 and will have production capacity of over 1 lakh phones per month. As the demand for the smartphones increase, the investment and production capacity of the plant will also be scaled up appropriately.”