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Acer Demos CloudMobile and Liquid Glow Android Phones

By , Andrea Ferrario - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

Acer gives its Android smartphones some rather interesting names. See what they pack inside.

TH's Italy Team Demos Acer CloudMobile (S500)TH's Italy Team Demos Acer CloudMobile (S500)

Yesterday, our Italian Tom's Hardware team took lead on a meeting with Acer and was shown the recently announced CloudMobile (S500) and Liquid Glow (S330). To be clear, while the company is well established in the PC market, Acer isn't an established name when it comes to smartphones. CloudMobile and Liquid Glow are supposed to change that preconception.

As its name suggests, CloudMobile is a smartphone that will use Acer's Cloud service, which was introduced back at CES. For those less familiar with the concept, it's similar to Apple's iCloud. In the same way, Acer Cloud allows you to sync data (music, pictures, documents, and videos) CloudMobile with an online server. If this allows you to manage your latest content without having to physically connect your phone.

On the hardware side, the CloudMobile is a midrange Android ICS-based smartphone. It sports a 4.3-inch IPS LCD HD display (1280×720 pixels) 1.5GHz Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8260A Snapdragon, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP camera, and 16 GB of internal storage. Generally speaking, the latter should provide enough capacity to sync with the Cloud service, but if you need more space, you can reach up to 32 GB via the microSD card slot.

Andrea Ferrario with Acer's Liquid Glow (S330)Andrea Ferrario with Acer's Liquid Glow (S330)


Liquid Glow has a peculiar name and is more budget-minded product, which helps to explain why it employs the same MSM7227A SoC in the Lumia 610. However, Acer pegs clock speed at 1 GHz, whereas Nokia's set its chip at 800 MHz. Like CloudMobile, Liquid Glow also uses Ice Cream Sandwich, but it's slightly physically smaller than the CloudMobile, sporting a 3.7 WVGA display. Considering this is a budget-oriented product, that's to be expected and easily explains why it features 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 1 GB of internal storage, and NFC chip.

On the performance side, the MSM7227A really isn't in the same realm as the flagship MSM8960 or even the midrange MSM8260A. However, it still capable of providing a fluid Android 4.0 experience. Just don't expect rock star gaming capabilities.

Acer isn't likely to sell these smartphones by the truckload, but it's a good start for a company trying to forge a name for itself in a new market. Though, it's going to a little bit of time before we can actually test these products out. According to the company, we'll have to wait till August before either phone becomes available.

Acer CloudMobile (S500)

Acer Liquid Glow (S330)

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    vilenjan , March 1, 2012 5:39 PM
    So the s500 is essentially a current gen super-phone with a HD screen the gimmick cloud service, while the s350 is at best a midrange phone.

    Hardware-wise the s500 competes with the galaxy s2 and the s350 with the original galaxy s.

    By the time they come out S3 should be coming out as well, making the s500 last gen and the s350 nearly budget.

    Now 99% of users will probably more than satisfied with the s500 performance wise, and casual users should have problems with the s350. What worries me is the batteries. Dual core 1.5ghz phone with a 4.3 display using a 1430mAH battery?? and a 1ghz phone using a 1300mAH? Galaxy s1 had a 1500mAH battery, and Galaxy S2 has 1650-1800 mAH battery, so ya...
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2012 5:57 PM
    > On the hardware side, the CloudMobile is a midrange Android ICS-based smartphone. It sports a 4.3-inch IPS LCD HD display (1280×720 pixels) 1.5GHz Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8260A Snapdragon, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP camera, and 16 GB of internal storage.

    How on earth is that midrange?
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    acku , March 1, 2012 7:08 PM
    templar2> On the hardware side, the CloudMobile is a midrange Android ICS-based smartphone. It sports a 4.3-inch IPS LCD HD display (1280×720 pixels) 1.5GHz Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8260A Snapdragon, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP camera, and 16 GB of internal storage.How on earth is that midrange?


    High end this year is quad-core.
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    kyuuketsuki , March 1, 2012 8:54 PM
    This article could've used some proof reading.

    Don't look like bad phones, but nothing to get excited about either. Looks like Acer is going to be another manufacturer that places 0.1mm thinner as more important than having a good capacity battery, though. *sigh*