Acer has prematurely announced the new Liquid S2 a few days before its arrival at IFA 2013. The new smartphone will be a top-end Android device to try and push Acer into the mobile zone, as their PC division starts to decay.
With a rather exciting specs sheet, the Acer Liquid S2 starts with a gigantic 6-inch 1080p IPS display, pushing the boundaries of phablet and tablet. We have seen the Galaxy Mega and Xperia Z Ultra really overstretch the mark, the Liquid S2 does not go that far.
Inside the Liquid S2 is a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. On the back is a 13MP rear camera, capable of capturing 4K video, the phone also has a 2MP front facing camera and Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers.
The 4K video capturing is a little odd, the only way to watch 4K content is on an extremely expensive TV and the size of a 5 minute video shot on 4K could take up the whole 16GB of internal storage. This may be a move in the future for Acer, but it is a little short with the lack of storage.
Other specs include a generous 3300mAh battery, WiFi, 4G LTE and Bluetooth. No word on NFC and wireless charging, we assume Acer will add the NFC chip and adopt the Qi standard of wireless charging, but we may be wrong.
Android 4.2.2 will come on the Liquid S2 and Acer will add its hit-and-miss UI we have seen before, hopefully with some changes to make it run a little faster and without the childish animations.
No price has been announced right yet but the release date is set for late October. We will hear more about the Liquid S2 at IFA in two days, where Acer will have it on preview. Acer has been known for cheap products, perhaps we will see a dip in price to grab the attention of consumers.