Acer enters phablet market with 5.7-inch Liquid S1 device

acer liquid s1Another day, another phablet. This latest one, the Liquid S1 from Acer, was unveiled on Monday at the Computex trade fair in Taipei and marks the company’s first foray into the phablet market.

The palm-filling Android 4.2 handset features a 1280 x 720 5.7-inch display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front, a Mediatek quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (a microSD slot can take that to 32GB) and single/dual SIM cards.

The device’s Float User Interface takes advantage of the large screen, allowing users to keep several app windows open at the same time – a feature certain to keep avid multi-taskers happy.

“The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut; apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used,” the Taiwan-based company explained in its release, adding, “It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime. These apps include camera, maps, calculator and notes.”

The Liquid S1 also features Float Caller, preventing your entire screen being taken over by a call notification. Instead, a “Float Caller mini-window” pops up on your screen, allowing the user to decide whether to take the call or respond with a message.

The phablet’s camera incorporates Voice Shot, a feature that enables snappers to activate the shutter simply by bellowing “cheese”. There’s also Smile Shot, which recognises smiling faces – “especially useful for taking pictures of babies and young children” – effectively ending the need to actually look at the subject you’re photographing. More point-and-wait than point-and-shoot.

Audio-wise, Studio Sound claims to deliver “astonishing” cinematic sound thanks to its “bigger sound field and higher vocal clarity”.

The Liquid S1, which comes in matte black or white, is set to hit Europe first, with shipping beginning in Q3 2013. France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia and the UK will be among the initial markets for the new phablet, which will hit stores with a €349 ($455) price tag. We await information on a possible release date for the US and other markets.

[Source: Engadget; Image: Slashgear]

Product Review

Google’s Pixel 3 is a hair away from pocket-sized perfection

Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone is the best Android phone you can buy. It doesn’t have the best looks or the best hardware, but you’ll be hard pressed to find better software and unique A.I. functionalities.
Mobile

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.
Mobile

Google rolls out Night Sight to Pixel 3 and 3 XL camera app

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.
Mobile

The Motiv smart ring is coming to 20 more countries and physical stores

Remember Motiv's activity tracking smart ring? It's back with a raft of new features that adds biometric identification and token authentication, all on a device that fits on your finger.
Mobile

Sharp doubles down on the notch trend with Aquos R2 Compact

As if one notch wasn't enough, Japanese manufacturer Sharp unveiled a new smartphone that has two -- one teardrop style notch at the top, and a bigger notch at the bottom. Here's what the world's first dual-notch smartphone looks like.
Product Review

With style and feature upgrades, Misfit's next-generation Vapor 2 gets it right

Misfit’s next-generation smartwatch, the Vapor 2, packs built-in GPS, a heart-rate sensor, and more, into a beautiful design that starts from $250. We take a closer look at the company's latest device.
Mobile

Verizon has made its first 5G video call … with a phone that’s already out

Verizon has announced that it has successfully made its first video call, using a smartphone that's already available: The Motorola Moto Z3. To make the call, Verizon used the 5G Moto Mod.
Mobile

Samsung patents show what Infinity-O display could look like on Galaxy S10

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Mobile

New sensor from L’Oréal tracks UV exposure to keep your skin safe from the sun

L'Oréal has announced a new wearable sensor that attaches to your clothing and can track ultraviolet light. The sensor uses NFC instead of Bluetooth -- meaning it doesn't need a battery to work properly.
Gaming

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.
Mobile

Motorola Moto G7: Here’s everything we know

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.
Mobile

T-Mobile's new Revvl 2, Revvl 2 Plus are now available for purchase

Last year, T-Mobile launched its own line of branded smartphones. As a follow-up to their predecessors, the carrier has unveiled the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus -- complete with a sleeker design. Here's everything you need to know.
Wearables

Google's Wear OS update 'H' promises battery life improvements

Google has rebranded its Android Wear operating system to Wear OS. Removing the Android name may help people better understand Google-powered smartwatches, which also play nice with iOS devices.