Acer Liquid X2, Triple-SIM Power House

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The latest Acer Liquid X2 should have been named X3 by all means, but the Taiwanese company thought otherwise. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s very simple: the latest Acer Liquid X2 is the successor of the X1, but it comes with three SIM slots, you know what I’m talking about?

However, that’s hardly a problem, because the X2 is a real treat, even if Acer are known for their laptops and desktop computers rather than smartphones. TheAcer Liquid X2 is a budget conscious phone, and that’s suggested by three main things: the SIM slots, the 720p 5.5. inches wide display and…well, the price. But, I must tell you from the beginning that Acer did not compromised much when building this device, as the Mediatek MT6753 system on chip is pretty good, there’s enough internal storage capacity onboard (32 GB) and a respectable 3 GB of RAM. Also, Acer threw into the mix a more than decent 13 megapixels shooter and an additional one for selfie, each with its own LED flash.

Bottom line, the Acer Liquid X2 is pretty far from what you’d expect from a budget droid. Also, the battery is a strong 4020 mAh variety, which is also user removable, making the X2 to play in the “best bang for the buck” category. But enough with the preamble, and let’s get down to business, shall we?

By all means, the Acer Liquid X2 is pretty far from compact, measuring 153.3 x 78.8 x 8.5 millimeters and weighing a solid 166 grams. However, in terms of weight and dimensions, the smartphone is very similar to its direct competitors, but it destroys  them when it comes to battery capacity, which is a big plus in my book.

Acer Liquid X2

The design of the Acer Liquid X2 is rather common, some may say even generic, but the vast majority of modern day smartphones really do look alike, hence there’s nothing to complain here. It must be noted though that the Acer Liquid X2 features an all plastic built, but the assembly and built quality is very good, there are no complaints here either, and for that price, plastic is what you’re going to get anyway.

The smartphone comes with a 5.5 inches wide display, an IPS variety with 720p resolution and a 267 pixels per inch density. The resolution may seem rather low by today’s standards, but the display is usually the “usual suspect” when it comes to cutting corners cost wise. Other than the 720p resolution, the display is pretty good, with decent color reproduction and average contrast.

In the connectivity department, the Acer Liquid X2 features all the essential gizmos, such as a Wi-FI card, 3G/4G, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth and a radio receiver.

The battery in the Acer Liquid X2 is a huge 4020 power house, well above its direct competitors and a place where Acer were really generous. As a logical result, the smartphone perform above average when it comes to autonomy, having an 85 hours endurance rating, with over 15 hours of talk time, almost 13 hours of web browsing and/or 13 hours of video playback.

In terms of user interface, the Acer Liquid X2 comes loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, flavored with Acer’s own custom UI on top of that.

Performance wise, the smartphone runs on a Mediatek MT6753 system on chip, being a non Helio device and it features an octa core architecture with Cortex A53 processors, clocked at 1.3 GHz. There’s also a Mali-T720 GPU on board, and together with the generous 3 gigabytes of RAM, they do a great job, without breaking any records, but more than enough for the average user. The overall user experience is more than satisfying, provided you don’t need to play the latest games  at maximum details and stuff like that.

The Acer Liquid X2 has a 13 megapixels camera on the back panel, featuring a f/1.8 aperture, but without fancy features like optical image stabilization or laser focus. However, the snapper does a respectable job is you’re not expecting miracles, i.e. the images are not spectacular, but pretty good. The phone is also capable of recording videos in 1080p, but for best results you should stick with 720p@60 FPS.

In conclusion, the Acer Liquid X2 is a mixed bag, offering plenty of features, decent performance and a good built quality for the price asked, being easy to recommend if your expectations aren’t high.

 

 

 

 

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