A credible rival to the Galaxy S3 Mini? Acer Liquid E2 quad-core smartphone to cost under £200

Acer announced today the launch of the Liquid E2 which is yet another addition to the growing smartphone portfolio of the Taiwanese company.

The device, otherwise known as the V370, runs on a quad-core system-on-chip, the Mediatek MT6589, which is based on the Cortex-A7 architecture, is clocked at 1.2GHz and comes with a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU.

In theory, that combination should be slightly less powerful than the Exynos 4412 that equips the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.

Other features include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5in 960 x 540 resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with full HD video recording, support for HSPA+, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery that can power the handset for up to nine hours, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

You can check our hands-on on the Acer Liquid E1 smartphone which we carried out recently. The phone is available from £165 on Expansys.

The E2 inherits the two-speaker set up as well as DTS sound compatibility as well. Acer also included AcerCloud, its cloud-based services and a Moodagent service that plays music based on someone’s mood.

The Liquid E2 will launch in Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine and France in mid-May and will carry an SRP of 229 euros (less than £200). Acer has yet to confirm when the E2 will launch in the UK and for how much it will retail.