Acer Launches Liquid Express, An Android-Powered, NFC-Enabled Smartphone - HotHardware
Acer Launches Liquid Express, An Android-Powered, NFC-Enabled Smartphone

Acer Launches Liquid Express, An Android-Powered, NFC-Enabled Smartphone

Believe it or not, Acer makes more than all-in-one PCs, notebooks and NAS drives. The company also has a thing for smartphones, and the new Liquid Express is the latest in the Liquid lineup. It's an Android-based handset with an NFC chip, making it the first from the company with that technology built in. It's launching initially in the UK with help from Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. In addition to the NFC functionality, the Liquid Express is equipped with a large 3'5 screen, a Qualcomm 7227 processor that runs at 800MHz, a 5 MP camera with LED flash and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Available in Titanium, the Acer Liquid Express marks the general implementation of NFC technology in Acer smartphones. Starting with this model, all of the forthcoming brand's Android smartphones will be equipped with this up and coming technology. The Acer Liquid Express is available FREE with both a £15.32 per month T-Mobile UK 24 months contract and a £20.50 per month Orange UK 24 months contract. Pricing elsewhere, of course, remains under wraps for now.

Acer Liquid Express

With embedded NFC technology, available in all UK Orange and T-Mobile stores.
London, 28th November 2011 – Following the launch of the first Acer Liquid smartphones equipped with Android, Acer are now extending their range with a new model - the Acer Liquid Express - the company's first NFC-equipped device.

'As a technology of the future, NFC is a priority for Acer as it can be used for multiple purposes: payment, transport, tickets, loyalty cards, cultural information... and that's without having explored the thousands more applications that will follow.' says Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer's THBG division.

Together with Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, Acer promise to make these new services widely accessible thanks to an affordable and easy-to-use smartphone. The Acer Liquid Express offers usage patterns now previously associated by premium smartphones.

Allen Burnes adds 'Even if contactless technology has only just started spreading across the UK, it is important for the customer to take into account future need when choosing a new model. In a few months' time quite a number of smartphone users, whose new smartphones don't include NFC functionality, will have to change their mobile in order to benefit from this new technology.'

The contactless technology embedded in the Liquid Express allows it to adapt to its users' current and future needs reading NFC tags or targets, identification, virtualisation of loyalty or payment cards; all of this according to the tightest security standards and approved by a consortium of expert manufacturers, granting NFC Forum 2 and Cityzi certifications to the Acer Liquid Express.

In addition to the NFC functionality, the Liquid Express is equipped with a large 3'5 screen, a Qualcomm 7227 processor that runs at 800MHz, a 5 MP camera with LED flash and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Available in Titanium, the Acer Liquid Express marks the general implementation of NFC technology in Acer smartphones. Starting with this model, all of the forthcoming brand's Android smartphones will be equipped with this up and coming technology.

Price and availability

The Acer Liquid Express is available FREE with both a £15.32 per month T-Mobile UK 24 months contract and a £20.50 per month Orange UK 24 months contract.

To learn more about Acer Liquid Express and the NFC technology implementation, please visit www.acer.co.uk/liquidexpress
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