The "phablet" fever runs high this year as Acer unveiled its 5.7-inch Liquid S1 earlier today at Computex 2013.
Like many "phablets" in the market, the Acer Liquid S1 features a massive 5.7-inch display (1,280 x 720 pixels). This puts it slightly ahead of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, but the 5.5-inch LG Optimus G Pro still retains a superior Full-HD display.
The Liquid S1 comes with several ASUS's exclusive features such as Acer Float User Interface, Acer Auto Profile, Voice Unlock and Voice Shot. The Float User Interface is similar to Samsung's multi-window feature and LG's QSlide, where several app windows can stay open for multitasking.
The press of a key enables the Float Apps shortcut which include the camera, maps, calculator and notes. There is also a Float Caller notification that alerts the user to an incoming call without disrupting the task at hand.
The Auto Profile keeps a record of predefined network settings for frequently visited places. When the user visits the same spot, the phone will automatically switch profiles. The adjustable settings include brightness, volume, vibration, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Other notable specs include DTS Studio Sound for cinematic audio, wide front shot with 88-degree wide viewing angle lens, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot and Acer's 2-way Live Screen app for temporary group sharing in real time.
The Liquid S1 will start shipping in Q3 2013 in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany, followed by Spain and Italy with a starting price of €349. At point of publication, there is no word on its availability beyond these countries.