This is the first time that we are going to review a smartphone from Acer. A bit of a background, Acer has been making smartphones for a long time now but the company is not selling them here. The company entered our smartphone market quietly in 2013 and offered the Liquid line of smartphones running Android. Last year, the company made some noise when they introduced TV host and actress Toni Gonzaga as their brand ambassador especially for smartphones. Now, Acer is selling smartphones running both Android and Windows.
Recently, Acer introduced a barrage of new smartphones mostly with a pocket-friendly price. One of which is the Acer Liquid Z630. For only P6,990 you’ll get LTE, a large 5,5-inch display, 8 megapixel camera and a large 4,000 mAh battery. It like a dream phone for us. So let’s unbox it and explore the device!
Acer Liquid Z630:
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735 processor
- Mali T720 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- SRP: P6,990
- Status: Available at Acer stores and retailers
What’s inside the box?
- Acer Liquid Z630 unit
- USB cable
The Acer Liquid Z630 reminds us so much of the Samsung Galaxy S3 of 2012 because of its rounded corners and brushed metal look of the plastic back. The device is very sleek and manageable to hold with one hand. But the huge 4,000 mAh battery adds some heft to the device.
Checking button and port placements:
- Left – nothing
- Right – power button and volume rockers
- Top – 3.5mm headset jack
- Bottom – USB charging port
- Back – 8 megapixel camera and speaker grill
- Front – 5.5-inch display, sensors, earpiece, and 5 megapixel camera
Acer has minimal tweaks of the stock Android UI like the icons. There are also pre-installed games and Acer’s own apps here. Some can be deleted, some can’t. Overall, the UI is generally smooth though we have not downloaded any apps yet.
We will be using this for a week or two and we will definitely test that huge battery.