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Acer launches Liquid Jade & E700 smartphones in India for Rs 16,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively

Acer has further expanded its range of smartphones in the country with the launch of two new devices. Part of the company's Liquid-series, the smartphones were first unveiled at the Computex 2014 event in June this year. Both of them run on the Android operating system and sport 5-inch displays. They also come with 'Zero Air Gap' technology, which according to the company reduces light reflection, bringing higher contrast and delivering brighter, crisper images, as well as better readability under sunlight.

Christened Liquid Jade and Liquid E700, the devices have been priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. In the country, the smartphones will be available for purchase exclusively on home grown e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal.com.

"While Liquid Jade appeals to the elegant, beauty conscious and highly social user, Liquid E700 is more suited to the upbeat business traveller who demands to remain connected round the clock. Its 'always on' capability helps users to multi-task between work and entertainment," said Allen Burnes, VP- smartphones business, Acer Group.

Here is a look at the specifications of the devices.

Liquid JadeLiquid Jade for Rs 16,999

The smartphone features a 5 inch IPS HD touchscreen display (1280×720 pixels resolution) and is powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor. The device runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and comes with 2GB RAM. The internal memory of the device is 16GB that can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Liquid Jade sports a 13 mega pixel autofocus rear camera with LED Flash that can also record full HD videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second, and a 2MP front-facing camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, as well as a microSD card slot and a microUSB port. The dimensions of the device are 140.5mm x 69mm x 7.5mm and its weight is 110gm. The company has provided a 2,100 mAh battery in the device, which also has GPS (with A-GPS support), dual-SIM capability, and a FM radio.

Liquid E700Liquid E700 for Rs 11,999

This one also features a 5 inch IPS HD touchscreen display (1280×720 pixels resolution) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor. The device runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and comes with 2GB RAM. The internal memory of the device is 16GB that can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Liquid E700 sports an 8MP autofocus rear camera with Flash that can also record videos, and a 2MP front-facing camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, as well as a microSD card slot and a microUSB port. The dimensions of the device are 147.3mm x 73mm x 9.9mm and its weight is 155gm.

The company has provided a 3,500 mAh battery in the device, which it claims will provide up to 24 hours of talk time, 12 hours of video viewing and 100 hours of music playback. It also has GPS (with A-GPS support) and triple-SIM capability.

In terms of competition, Acer's smartphone offerings will face off against the likes of Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 (Rs 13,999), Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (Rs 16,499), and BlackBerry Z3 (Rs 13,650), among others. But we feel their biggest competitor will be Motorola's Moto G second Generation that is available for Rs 12,999 for its 16GB version.

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