Acer unveils its first wearable, the Liquid Leap smartband
Taiwanese computer maker Acer is pushing harder to enter the mobile devices market than ever before. To demonstrate this, it has just launched a total of five new smartphones and a smartwatch or smartband in time for Computex. The wearable is called the Acer Liquid Leap. The naming makes sense as Acer’s smartphones are all part of its Liquid range and this is a leap for Acer into unknown territory. Leap also suggests activity and the smartband features fitness tracking among its headlining capabilities.
Acer Liquid Leap launch
The Acer Liquid Leap is called a smartband rather than smartwatch by Acer’s marketing folk. However its capabilities equal many other manufacturer’s smartwatch devices. The sleek Liquid Leap includes the following functionality; call and SMS notifications, smartphone music library control and fitness tracking functions. Drilling down on what it can do for your fitness the Liquid Leap “tracks users’ fitness including steps, running distance, calories burnt, and sleeping cycle,” says Acer.
Looking at the Acer Liquid Leap hardware; it has a 1-inch screen, Bluetooth 4 conenctivity and up to a full week of battery life. It’s also, sensibly, waterproof as it conforms to the IPX7 standard. Style conscious buyers might be impressed by the choice of colours available which includes Moonstone White, Mineral Black, Aquamarine, Fragrant Pink, and Vivid Orange.
Acer Liquid Jade, curvy smartphone
Acer launched the Liquid Jade smartphone alongside the Liquid Leap. This device is designed to target “users for whom every piece of device or accessory carried is an expression of their style and personality. The minimalistic, elegant design features a curved ergonomic outline all-around, including the Gorilla Glass 3 display”.
Looking past the flowery description, at cold hard specifications, the Liquid Jade offers the following key components; a 5-inch HD screen with IPS and Zero Air Gap technology, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage + microSD card slot, a 13 MP main camera with 0.3s focus time and F1.8 aperture, 2,100mAh battery and Android Kit Kat. Its middle market status is confirmed by the lack of 4G connectivity, however its curved form is an impressively thin 7.5mm.
Acer intends the above devices to be bundled together in selected markets. At the time of writing we don’t have pricing or availability for either the Leap or the Jade. We expect to hear more about these at Computex next week.
The other Acer smartphones which have just been launched include; the Liquid E700 and E600 – both with 5-inch IPS screens, the Liquid X1 smartphone with octa-core processor “for Powerful Performance and Advanced Imaging”, and the Liquid Z200 smartphone aimed at the colour conscious ‘fun’ market.