Acer-lent Ph­ablet

Acer liq­uid s2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TEXT // KEVIN BATES

When it comes to mo­bile de­vices, there has been a split be­tween smart­phones and tablets. How­ever, with the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy, many com­pa­nies have tried to com­bine the two de­vice’s best fea­tures into one de­vice. These de­vices are pop­u­larly re­ferred to as ph­ablets by man­u­fac­tur­ers and con­sumers alike, which are ba­si­cally a phone and tablet in one de­vice. This month, we’ll be look­ing at the Acer Liq­uid S2 ph­ablet.

While still tech­ni­cally clas­si­fied as a smart­phone, the Liq­uid S2 re­tains much of the func­tion­al­ity and fea­tures of a tablet. Its large 6-inch LCD touch­screen dis­play also makes up for the size of the ph­ablet. How­ever, the two main draws of the de­vice, on phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance alone, is the rear cam­era and the small, but no­tice­able Dolby logo. The cam­era it­self is a nor­mal 13MP cam­era, but it is also the first to sport a ring flash that sits around the cam­era. It is also equipped with Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus tech­nol­ogy, al­low­ing users to ex­pe­ri­ence en­hanced au­dio for movies, mu­sic or games from the ph­ablet.

The screen it­self has a 1920 x 1080 res­o­lu­tion with a pixel den­sity of 397 PPI. With such a high­res­o­lu­tion dis­play, users can en­joy HD video con­tent, as well as games with­out hav­ing to tone down the graph­ics qual­ity. Fur­ther­more, the use of Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus en­sures mu­sic and movies sound loud and clear, whether through the built-in speak­ers or head­phones.

The ph­ablet comes with a 3,300mAh non-re­mov­able Lithium-poly­mer bat­tery and a has­sle-free, power-sav­ing mode that au­to­mat­i­cally kicks in when the bat­tery in­di­ca­tor is down to 30 per­cent. While use­ful, it doesn’t say much about the ph­ablet, as some of the pre­set apps do have the propen­sity to drain the bat­tery rather quickly. While it can be reme­died by hav­ing the mode ac­tive at all times, it will af­fect some of the app’s per­for­mance. As an al­ter­na­tive, users may also black­list cer­tain apps from run­ning as well.

Along with the unique ring flash around the rear cam­era, the ph­ablet also comes with a 2MP front cam­era and a rather ex­ten­sive, user­friendly cam­era and video cap­tur­ing app, which al­lows users to cap­ture stills and videos in var­i­ous modes, such as a sim­ple style over­lay for the cam­era.

With all the high-pow­ered apps and soft­ware run­ning on the ph­ablet, it would need a high per­for­mance chip to jug­gle them all. The Liq­uid S2 runs on a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 800 and an Adreno 300 GPU. In ad­di­tion to 2GB RAM and 2.3GHz worth of pro­cess­ing power, the de­vice also sup­ports 4G LTE and the lat­est wire­less AC stan­dard.

We first ran 3D Mark, Antutu, and Quad­rant and re­ceived an overwhelming score of 16,065, 28,255 and 14,677 re­spec­tively. This greatly ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­plained why the Liq­uid S2 has a high power con­sump­tion rate. The scores them­selves come very close to high-end tablets that are avail­able in the mar­ket to­day, which is very good for a ph­ablet. We then pro­ceeded with the fi­nal bench­mark, Epic Ci­tadel, and we were very pleased to see an aver­age of 59.6 FPS.

All in all, the Acer Liq­uid S2 is a high-per­for­mance ph­ablet and we would rec­om­mend the de­vice for any­one who is look­ing for a ver­sa­tile, yet pow­er­ful mo­bile de­vice. How­ever, please be pre­pared as the Liq­uid S2 isn’t cheap, but it is def­i­nitely worth its ask­ing price.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR Qual­comm MSM8974 Snap­dragon 800 // GPU Adreno 330 // MULTIMEDIA Au­dio: MP3, AMR, ACC LC, AAC+, eAAC+, Vor­bis, FLAC, MIDI, WMA, WAVE. Video: MP4, H.264, H.263, MPEG4, WMA, WAVE. //

CON­NEC­TIV­ITy 3.5mm au­dio jack, mi­croUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, NFC, Blue­tooth 4.0 // MEM­ORy 2GB RAM, 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age, 1x mi­croSD slot (ex­pand­able up to 64GB). //

COLOR Black and Red // DI­MEN­SIONS 166 (H) x 86.2 (W) x 8.99 (T) mm // WEIGHT 229g (with bat­tery) // BAT­TERy 3,300mAh Li-poly­mer (non­re­mov­able) // WAR­RANTy 1-year // CON­TACT Acer Sales and Ser­vices Sdn Bhd // TELE­PHONE 1 800 88 1288 // URL www.acer.com.my

The Liq­uid S2 is the first smart­phone to in­cor­po­rate a ring flash.

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