This is Acer’s new giganta-smartphone, the Liquid S2, and it’s sitting on a fairly impressive secret: it’s the world’s first phone to pack a 4K-capable video camera.
Shout “overkill” or “progress”, whichever you prefer, but either way it’s an impressive feat squeezing such a sensor into the body of a phone. Not that this is an Android handset without some space inside: its 6-inch screen gave Asus plenty of room to play with.
Lurking within its body is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash, a 2MP front camera (itself capable of 1080p video), a Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 3,300 mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Makes gaming on touch-screen devices much easier. Controls are similar to that of a PlayStation controller, so it’s easy to pick up and learn. Wireless.
Pricey. You can’t use the controller for full navigation; touch-screen menu selection is required for some games. Not compatible with all games. Button remapping requires a computer.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller aims to improve your touch-screen gaming experience, but it comes with some limitations and a too-high price.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller ($79.99 direct) is a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-platform gamepad that is compatible with Android and iOS tablets and phones, PCs, and Macs. It aims to make touch-screen gaming less frustrating and easier to control.
Mukulus wants to offer all sorts of zoom lenses for your smartphones as early as the summer. You may be aware of such similar devices like the reflex and system cameras. We tried out the prototypes and were super impressed. Take a look!
Acer’s low-end Iconia B1-A71 Android tablet made its debut at CES 2013, packing a dual-core 1.2GHz Mediatek processor and 8GB of internal storage. A few months later here at MWC, the company is introducing a 16GB model of the 7-inch Jelly Bean slate, and it’s on sale immediately for €139 (compared to €119 for the 8GB version). The higher storage capacity is the real story here; otherwise, you’re looking at the same 1,024 x 600 display, 0.3-megapixel camera and lightweight plastic build. Like the version announced at CES, the B1 is available in Africa, Europe and the Middle East but not North America. Cruise past the break for the press release.
Acer’s new monitors are available in 21.5-inch and 23-inch models.
Acer on Tuesday announced that it is now offering its H6 Series LED-backlit displays to consumers in the U.S. The big feature Acer is pimping is “zero frame construction,” which the company says adds to the aesthetics, especially when using multiple monitors simultaneously, including video walls. Acer’s new monitors also feature IPS panels and Full HD 1080p resolution support.
“Our new Acer H Series displays are the ideal all-around monitors due to their flexibility, Full HD resolution and excellent viewing angles,” said Chris White, senior director of product marketing for Acer America. “They offer users the ability to display content with viewing angles as wide as 178 degrees, which makes them ideal for collaborating with others. Plus, the near zero frame construction is perfect for use in multi-monitor setups and video walls.”
As part of the zero frame construction, the displays sport a thin 0.08-inch frame versus thicker ones typically seen on other panels. They also feature brushed hairline finishes and magnetic surfaces for users to post notes and paper clips directly to the stand.
Both the H226HQL (21.5-inch) and H236HL (23-inch) monitors offer viewing angles up to 178 degrees, tilt from -5 to 15 degrees, 5ms response times, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratios, and HDMI, DVI, and VGA connectivity.
The H226HQL and H236HL are available now for $150 and $170 MSRP, respectively.
Acer unveiled a new mid-range device, part of its Liquid series. The new Liquid E1 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is running the show out of box. In addition, there’s also a pair of cameras, 5-megapixel one on the back and VGA one on the front, as well as a decent 1760mAh battery. Size wise, this thing measures 132×68.5×9.9 mm and has a weight of 130 grams.
We’ve no information when the Liquid E1 will be released or how much it will cost. I would have to assume it will be an affordable device costing no more than some 300 EUR, presuming it hits Europe in the first place…