Acer announce the Liquid Gallant and the Liquid Gallant Duo – updated with pictures

Dual Sim phones have never really come to anything. They always seem to be a good idea but never really deliver. Back in the days of Windows Mobile they existed and didn’t really take off and more recently Viewsonic have released a few under specced dual sim devices, again these didn’t really take off.

Samsung have been mentioning the Galaxy S DUOS which is a dual sim version of the Galaxy SIII, which is obviously going to cost a lot. Acer have announced something that is definitely not going to cost that much.


The Acer Gallant Duo and the Gallant are mid range ICS devices and the dual sim version should hopefully appeal to business users and travellers. I would fall into both brackets and I’m looking to see how Acer go with this one.

Quite how Ice Cream Sandwich deals with two sim cards remains to be seen. Normally the radio hardware is a hsdpa chip and a lower spec gsm chip. So calls and sms on one sim and mobile data stuff on the other.

Here is the Press Release from Acer:

Acer announces a winning twin of smartphones, the Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo. With their advanced features and rich functionalities, these smartphones are the perfect companions of modern day’s explorers.
From the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, to the dual-sim dual stand-by model, ideal for globetrotters or for who wants to choose the better rate, these smartphones are designed to offer an enhanced user experience.

The Liquid Gallant and its dual-sim twin brother, the Liquid Gallant Duo, sport a 4.3-inches display with a qHD resolution, offering a clear and detailed rendering of every image and text on screen. The unique design, that makes the Liquid Gallant (Duo) so comfortable to hold in your hand, is further enhanced by the power button placed on the back of the phone, so that lighting the screen when you slide it out of your pocket has never been more convenient. The Liquid Gallants are available in two colors: Gentle Black and Ceramic White.

“This new Acer smartphone mission is quite simple: bring the best experience to all the modern days’ explorers, which results in creating a very affordable phone with no compromise on performance and usability” says Allen Burnes, SPBG EMEA Vice President.

Indeed the Liquid Gallants combine powerful processors and plenty of memory to enjoy an exceptional browsing experience. They run Android ICS 4.0.4 for a smooth and user-friendly performance. As usual, Acer has improved the user experience, adding cool touches such as the convenient unlock screen, the improved notification area, the famous Swype keyboard and more.

The 5 MP rear camera with LED flash deliver advanced features for an extraordinary experience. Taking a one-time shot in a circular path you’ll be able to capture a 2.5D view of your beloved. With automatic smile detection, you’ll never miss a person smiling. You can take pictures with higher contrast and rich of details and easily assemble them into a single panoramic photo. What’s more you can set the focus point where you want simply by touching anywhere on the viewfinder.

Finally, the Liquid Gallants bring a premium clear and loud sound experience to the users with enhanced Surround Sound, whether they are used as hands-free conference devices or as portable music players.

The Liquid Gallant Duo will start hitting the shelves in September 2012, closely followed by the Single-sim variant.

Come discover these striking twins at the Acer booth at IFA – Hall 12 booth 101, from Aug. 31st to Sept. 5th.

They have also released a full spec list for the two as well.

Size

Dimensions

129 x 65.5 x 9.9 mm

Weight

145 g

Battery

Talk time

Up to 6 hours

Standby time

Up to 250 hours

Capacity

1500 mAh

Radio

HSPA

900/2100 MHz

GSM/EDGE

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Bandwidth

DL: 7.2M, UL: 5.6M

Processing

CPU/Modem

MTK 6575 1GHz

ROM/RAM

4GB/1GB

Imaging

Camera

5MP AF and LED flash

Video

HD720p @30 fps

Display

LCD

4.3” qHD

Touchscreen

Capacitive touch

Connectivity

WiFi

802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Class 3.0+EDR

FM Receiver

FM receiver + RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

MicroSD slod

Yes

SIM Slot

Dual Sim (in the Duo)

Micro-USB

Yes

Audio out

3.5 mm standard audio jack

Sensors

Built-in sensors

Accelerometer, E-compass, Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hard keys

Volume

Up/Down

Power

Power key

OS

Version

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Text entry

Keyboard

Google virtual keyboard / Swype Imput Method

Productivity

Office

Polaris Office Viewer

SAR

SAR values

0.49 W/kg (head / CE)

Source – Acer

Image Credit – Pocket Lint

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