Acer takes a big Leap into wearables and brings the Liquid X2 phone along

Acer held an event in New York City Thursday to show off a handful of devices coming to the U.S. for the very first time. Among the devices that’ll be coming stateside are a new phone called the Liquid X2 and a trio of new fitness trackers called the Liquid Leap Fit, Liquid Leap Active, and Liquid Leap Curve. The company also announced that the Liquid M220 Windows Phone we saw at Mobile World Congress is now coming to the U.S.

Here’s everything we know so far about the new mobile devices from Acer that are headed to the States.

Acer Liquid X2 and Liquid M220

Last year, Acer unveiled its first phablet and the first phone with three SIM card slots. The Acer Liquid X2 builds on them, essentially by smooshing those two phones together. The X2 sports a 5.5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera with an f1.8 aperture, and a 64-bit octa-core processor. In addition, it’s also got a huge battery, which is something Acer is pretty proud of.

“The X2 is really really a combination of these good things,” said ST Liew, President of Acer’s smartphone group, at the event in NYC’s World Trade Center. “And we’ve slapped in there a 4,000-mAh battery. This baby is going to last a long long time.”

A flip cover offers a slim, vial-shaped window into the LCD screen, allowing a variety of bits of information to pop through, from music and battery life, to email info and so on. There’s no word yet on the rest of the specs or pricing for this phone.

Acer also official announced that the entry-level Liquid M220 with Windows Phone 8.1 is coming to America. The phone has a 4-inch display with 233ppi (pixels per inch), a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 2-megapixel selfie cam, which can also be voice operated. It only costs $80 and will hit stores in June.

Liquid Leap Fit, Active, and Curve

Last year, the company unveiled the Acer Leap fitness band. This year it is announcing three new wearables in the same family, with a focus on improving people’s health, Liew said. The products have three goals: looking great, fitting into the lifestyle, and improving people’s health.

The Liquid Leap Fit is a fitness booster with a 1-inch touch screen, a heart rate sensor, and a stress sensor with gold-plated sensor pads for galvanic skin response. A second device, the Liquid Leap Active, is a sporty touchscreen based wearable with similar specs. The third device, which is called the Liquid Leap Curve, sports the same specs as the Fit, but has a different design style.

“This one here is cloth based,” Liew said. “And this one here is a really really cool design. The wearable space is a focus area for Acer.”

Acer is also in “deep exploration” with other companies with similar interest, he said.


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