News by Luke Jones on Monday June 02, 2014.
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Acer launched a couple of new smartphones today to slot nicely into the company's Liquid range at the mid and budget price points. The Liquid Z200 will arrive as a contender in the growing budget space, while the Liquid Jade will fit into the mid-range. Both handsets are arriving with some pretty bold claims, with the Z200 tagged as the "cheapest branded Android" smartphone, while the more expensive Jade has been labelled the "most compact" 5-inch smartphone on the market.Let's tackle the Liquid Z200 (main image) first. Well, it certainly is cheap at 79 Euros ($110) but we could argue that it is not THE cheapest Android phone. The handset will go toe to toe with the Moto E and the Nokia X in the budget market, but the Z200 probably lacks the specs to match either of those. The 1GHz dual-core MediaTek SoC has been paired with 512MB of RAM, while 4GB of RAM is not exactly a selling point. An expandable microSD slot is though and for the money it is hard to find too much fault with this package, even if the design is a little ropey. The second device is the Liquid Jade (after the break), which Acer probably wants most people to pay attention to. It is the more accomplished handset of the two, but it still only plants itself firmly in mid-range territory. The specs are solid and include a modest a quad-core MediaTek chip, 13 megapixel camera, 8GB or 16GB of storage (again expandable), and a 720p IPS screen. Interestingly the device comes with the older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but at just 6.8mm and .75mm (0.27-0.03 inch) thick, Acer's "most compact" claim is probably true. If any of these devices tickle you smartphone fancy, you will have to be from Europe, Africa, Asia, or Latin America to get your hands on them. Acer has said neither the Z200 nor the Jade will be landing in the US.