Acer is shoring up its Liquid Z series with another Android-powered two entry level smartphones. Both the Liquid Z220 and Z520 are not particularly exciting in terms of specifications, but are instead intended to provide a well-rounded mobile experience. Although, they do provide some interesting modes for people who just want a phone.
Both the Acer Liquid Z220 and Z520 are 4-inch smartphones packing a WVGA display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 2MP front facing camera. The Liquid Z220 has a 5MP rear camera, while the Z520 upgrades it to an 8MP shooter and brings along DTS Studio Sound speakers. Overall, the specifications are expected from phones that will be sold at €89 and €109 respectively.
The real innovation comes from the software side in the smartphones. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, they bring three usage modes designed to cater to different types of users. The basic mode hides tools and limits users to calls and texting tools; and an easy mode for users who only want simple functions out of their smartphone like texting and the weather. Finally, there is standard mode: which is simply the smartphone acting like a normal Android device. How useful these modes will be is questionable, although it might be a blessing for those buying one for technologically inept family members.
The Acer Liquid Z220 is due out in March, while the Acer Liquid Z520 will be available in April. Bear in mind that these are European release dates and there has been no mention about the international market.