Acer is showing at the Computex 2013 its first phablet device. Called Liquid S1, Acer said that the device is designed to be a travel companion for professionals and adventurers alike. The S1 sports a huge 5.7-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen display to provide a tablet-like user experience is a smaller form factor. To make multitasking easier, Acer adds Float User Interface that allows Float Apps to run on top of another application.
The over-sized Liquid is powered by a MediaTek 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Its main camera supports Full HD video recording and the front camera features a 88-degree wide angle lens for shooting wide shots. DTS Studio Sound is included to deliver cinematic sound. The handset supports Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS.
Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the S1 comes pre-loaded with a range of apps, including the Float UI/Apps mentioned above, the AcerCloud Docs and the Live Screen app that allows live sharing of photos and notes with friends. A dual-SIM version is also available for users who want to use two numbers in one device.
Acer will ship the Liquid S1 in Q3 in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK and Germany, followed by Spain and Italy with a starting price of Euro 349.