• Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor
  • Frequency: HSDPA 2100 / 900 EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Screen: 4.3-inch IPS LCD (540 x 960 resolutions)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio
  • Others: 8-megapixels camera with LED flash
  • Dimensions: 127.3 x 65.5 x 10 mm
  • Weight: 140g
  • Pros:
  • Smooth performances
  • Nice, solid build
  • Decent screen and audio
  • Good battery life
  • Cons:
  • Ships in Android 4.0
  • Camera could be better

Atomic Power

The Acer Liquid C1 holds the distinction as being the first Intel Atom-powered smartphone to arrive in Malaysia, and we’re undeniably curious in regards to how well the processor holds up against the rest. Of course, we’ll also be taking a look at the device itself, and what we can say now is that it’s a solid entry you can seriously consider.

Let’s start with the build and design. Being a mid-range device, we’re not expecting the Liquid C1 to feel premium, but the phone is actually solidly built. The back might be made of plastic, but it feels tough and the textured design makes it easy to grip. It doesn’t FEEL plasticky, and that’s the good part. It’s also slim and nicely pocket-able.

The aesthetics won’t be winning any awards though, as the Liquid C1 is as straightforward as Android devices go. The 4.3-inch screen isn’t something to shout about, but it does manage good images, colours and viewing angles (thanks to the IPS panel). The audio is also rather loud.

The heart of the C1 is the 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, and if you’re harbouring any form of scepticism for the processor, you can put it to rest now. While it’s not outright comparable to the higher-end quad core processors of premium phones, the Atom processor does manage to offer speedy and smooth performances. Screens swipe across without problems and you can run apps and most games with little hitch.

Oddly enough, the Liquid C1 ships in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and it’s rather disappointing to find yourself using an older OS right out of the box. Acer has done little to tamper with the stock Android interface, so you can expect a purer Android experience here.

The Liquid C1 sports a 2,000mAh battery, which is quite generous for its mid-range stature. As a result, the battery life on the phone is commendable, and will be able to last you well into the night with constant use. The 8-megapixels camera, however, could be better, as it falters in low-light shots.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Thanks to the Intel Atom processor, the Acer Liquid C1 offers a solid mid-range Android experience that is bolstered by good performances and overall good designs. It’s hardly innovative, but it’s an RM999 phone we’d gladly recommend.

(previously published in issue May 2012)