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Acer Liquid E2 Duo: A quad core smartphone for under £170

Acer, it seems, is on a roll. Weeks after the Taiwanese manufacturer unveiled the Liquid E2 Duo, Expansys has put it on preorder for €209.99 (£170). It was not so long ago that we had our hands-on the Liquid E1 Duo.

This smartphone is one of the first to come with a quad-core SoC based on the Cortex-A7 architecture. In theory, that shouldn't result in a massive difference with the Cortex-A9 which it is supposed to supersede. The main advantages of using the A7 rather than the A9 are cheaper production cost (the A7 occupies a smaller die size) and a lower power consumption.

The Acer E2 Duo uses a Mediatek SoC clocked at 1.2GHz with a I.T. PowerVR GPU. The rest of the technical details include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5in IPS display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel rear camera with a full HD video recording capabilities, a front-facing HD webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, the ability to house two SIM, a 2,000mAh battery (that can power the device for up to nine hours), a microUSB port and a thickness of only 10mm.

It will be interesting to see whether this smartphone is stocked by major mobile phone operators.

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