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Acer's First Phablet, the Acer Liquid S1, Opens Up the Smartphone Experience
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (2013-06-03)

Acer today announced its first phablet device, designed to be a new travel companion for professionals and adventurers alike. With a large 5.7" HD 1280 x 720 screen and intelligent applications, the Acer Liquid S1 greatly enhances mobile productivity and entertainment.

Featuring single/dual SIM cards , Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 42 Mbps data connection, a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and a day's worth of battery power, the Acer Liquid S1 combines the work efficiency of a tablet PC with the convenience and rich multimedia features of a smartphone. It is an all-in-one mobile device that opens up more possibilities for users to communicate and explore.

More than just a bigger phone or a smaller tablet

The Acer Liquid S1 is another example of Acer’s progressive design approach – this time to create a more open, comfortable multitasking experience. “We saw that for most people, the smartphone is still a largely restricted, single-task experience,” said S.T. Liew, President, Acer Smartphone Business Group. “With the Acer Liquid S1 we wanted our software and hardware working together to open that up.”

Acer Float User Interface allows several app windows to stay open so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut; apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime. These apps include camera, maps, calculator and notes. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.

Acer Auto Profile supports predefined network settings for frequently visited locations, so when a user visits a programmed location, the Acer Liquid S1 can automatically adjust settings including brightness, volume and vibration; and can even power on or off Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and 3G connections .

The optional digital pen writes freely and smoothly like a full size pen with a thick 9.5mm grip. The pen comes equipped with two buttons:  one to launch the Float Notes app, and another to toggle between write and erase modes during note taking.

Voice Unlock directly opens apps or interfaces by recording and using personal voice commands. Users can quickly unlock the Acer Liquid S1 to the home screen or other applications by voice, in one easy step.

Acer data traffic manager keeps a close eye on daily and monthly data usage, which is especially handy for users who do not have an unlimited data plan.

Wireless office at hand

The Acer Liquid S1 gives users ready, open access to their documents and files wherever they go. Professionals can leave documents and computers behind, secure in knowing that they can wirelessly retrieve their files via Acer Docs. Users can also remotely access files from their main PC through Acer Remote Files.

Fully enabled with wireless display and print features, the Acer Liquid S1 can project presentations in 720p HD, and print documents directly.

Mobile fun and entertainment

Bringing the Acer Liquid S1 along is like taking a mobile theater on the road. In addition to its spacious 5.7" screen with HD streaming, vivid HD playback and astonishing sound, the phablet also has rich features for photo taking and video capturing. Everything can be conveniently captured and shared. The entertainment features include:

Wide Front Shot uses the front camera with 88° wide viewing angle plus the 24 mm lens to capture more. The camera and 5.7" screen together capture wider, taller visuals for better wide-angle photos and video conferencing.

16FPS Continuous Shot uses the main camera with f2.2 aperture and BSI sensor, allowing users to capture multiple shots up to 16 photos per second with a single tap in the Continuous Shot mode.

Voice Shot allows hands-free photo taking just by saying "cheese!"

Smile Shot detects smiling faces and automatically captures precious moments in real time — especially useful for taking pictures of babies and young children.

Studio Sound delivers astonishing sound and an extra-wide stereo image. DTS Studio Sound™ brings cinematic audio to mobile devices with a bigger sound field and higher vocal clarity.

Live sharing among friends

Through Acer’s 2-way Live Screen™ app users can invite friends for temporary group sharing. The group administrator simply taps on a photo or selects the current screenshot, and up it pops on friends’ mobile-device screens, enabling live interaction and sharing in real time. Friends can push photos back or write notes in real-time for 2-way live sharing.

Premium design and materials

The Acer Liquid S1 uses fine craftsmanship and materials to deliver a premium, minimalist design. With a slender profile, it features curved details on the front and the sides, aluminum side grips, and is available in matte black or white.

Pricing and availability

The Acer Liquid S1 will start shipping in Q3 2013. For details about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer, or see www.acer.com.