Acer Unveils Liquid X1 Phone with Octa-Core Chip, LTE

On Friday, Acer introduced the Liquid X1 smartphone, an upcoming phone that will sport an Octa-Core processor, quad-core graphics, and a 5.7-inch Zero Air Gap screen. Acer indicates that the phone will be ideal for busy professionals who want a sleek solution that's both productive and entertaining at home, in the office, and on the go.

Right now the list of hardware is short. The phone will have 2 GB of RAM, Wireless N networking and support for the LTE Category 4 Standard (up to 150 Mbps downloads). The device will also have a 2MP wide-angle camera on the front, a 13MP camera on the back with f/1.8 aperture and 0.3 second ultra-fast focus capability, and a microSD card slot for added storage.

The company's announcement spends a lot of time talking about the camera apps. There's Free Focus, which means the camera will do all the focusing; Bright Magic, which helps users take pictures in dimly lit locations; and Motion Tracking, which helps users take pictures of moving objects without blurring. Taking selfies is a snap too, according to the company.

In addition to the camera apps, the company points to additional phone features, such as Acer Zoom Fit, which shrinks the interface down to 4 inches when the phone is used with one hand. There's also AcerRAPID that allows users to launch the camera or answer the phone with just one finger. AcerFLOAT allows app windows to stay open so that users can multitask.

For now that's all we know about this phone. The company didn't say if this will be powered by Android, Windows Phone 8 or Tizen. We expect to hear more about it next week during COMPUTEX in Taipei. In the meantime, the launch date is Q3 2014, so stay tuned.

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