CES – Jade Liquid S Announed

CES   Jade Liquid S Announed
Remember my look at the Acer Liquid Jade ? The camera wasn’t exactly great but I definitely liked the styling in my mini review and subsequent video overview. Now, a newer version, packing a more powerful front camera (5 megapixel instead of 2 megapixel) but the same resolution rear camera (13 megapixel) has been announced.

CES   Jade Liquid S Announed

However, that rear camera should be better thanks to a F1.8 aperture, which should mean much sharper pictures even in low light. Like the Liquid Z410 4G there’s the various quick shooting modes and voice-activated capture settings too. A scene auto-detection system will also mean that you can be a bit lazy and let it decipher what the best settings should be to make that shot as good as possible.

Gone is the 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU (MT6582) in the original Jade in favour of a 64-bit octa-core processor, still from Mediatek (MT6752M). This, according to Acer, makes it up to 2.5 times faster than the previous one.

It’s still as thin and light, this one weighs in at 116 grams. Available in black and white from January for €299 (around £234) it also has an optional hybrid microSD/dual nano-SIM system which means you can swap out the microSD card for a second nano-SIM.

It’ll launch on Android 4.4 Jelly Bean, but they say that Lollipop ready will be available for upgrade “later in 2015”.