Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The Acer Liquid E3's screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6589 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 200 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 10.8 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Sophisticated Dual-SIM-function with a reliable middle-class smartphone.

- Ralf Pohl , Notebookcheck 

Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)


Know Your Mobile

Low cost, impressive features

from Know Your Mobile

When you're looking at a phone which costs just over £100, you have to be realistic about its shortcomings. The Liquid E3 has many –– low internal memory, skittish performance under pressure and no foreseeable upgrade path to Android Lollipop being just three –– but...More

When you're looking at a phone which costs just over £100, you have to be realistic about its shortcomings. The Liquid E3 has many –– low internal memory, skittish performance under pressure and no foreseeable upgrade path to Android Lollipop being just three –– but the positives arguably outweigh the negatives. The screen is great, the camera way above average for this price range and the stereo speakers make it an appealing media device. Add in decent battery life, expandable storage and an attractive design, and you have a phone which feels more expensive than its £120 price tag might suggest.

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TechRadar

Has a decent spec list, just don't try and make a call

from TechRadar

After spending a lot of time with the Acer Liquid E3, there is no doubt that this handset has been aimed at younger students, those that are in high school rather than at University. The price tag screams of a handset that you won't mind if it gets bashed up on the playground, and the forward facing flash is aimed very heavily at the selfie loving youngsters...

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After spending a lot of time with the Acer Liquid E3, there is no doubt that this handset has been aimed at younger students, those that are in high school rather than at University. The price tag screams of a handset that you won't mind if it gets bashed up on the playground, and the forward facing flash is aimed very heavily at the selfie loving youngsters.

It is these people that will probably not care too much that the Liquid E3 can't make the world's best calls, because they're too busy Snapchat-ing or sending Facebook and WhatsApp messages. This won't appease the people buying the handset though, the parents that want to be able to get a hold of their kids at a moment's notice.

Yes the Liquid E3 does a lot of things well, but as an overall handset it is still left looking up to the Moto G as the handset of choice in this price bracket, and with software that is older than that found on the Galaxy S3, the reasons to choose the Liquid E3 over any of its rivals are quickly diminishing. 

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Digital Versus

A somewhat unconvincing attempt to go upmarket

from Digital Versus

The Liquid E3 is a big step forward for Acer. With its 4.7" screen and 13 Mpx camera, it's a top entry-level handset. Unfortunately, it's let down by poor screen brightness and a battery life not even good enough to guarantee a full day's use.

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The Liquid E3 is a big step forward for Acer. With its 4.7" screen and 13 Mpx camera, it's a top entry-level handset. Unfortunately, it's let down by poor screen brightness and a battery life not even good enough to guarantee a full day's use.

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Tech Advisor

Reasonably priced phone has outstanding features but disappoints

from Tech Advisor

The Acer Liquid E3 is a tough phone to rate because it has some really outstanding features like the camera options, the display and the front-facing speakers, but suffers from a slow processor, a design that won't appeal to everyone, old software and a lack of storage space or 4G. If you want a...More

The Acer Liquid E3 is a tough phone to rate because it has some really outstanding features like the camera options, the display and the front-facing speakers, but suffers from a slow processor, a design that won't appeal to everyone, old software and a lack of storage space or 4G. If you want a phone with a great camera at a low price, the Acer Liquid E3 will probably satisfy you, but if you also want to play games, store lots of files or get faster internet connection, the Acer Liquid isn't for you. We'd recommend carefully considering options like the Motorola Moto G and Sony Xperia M2 before opting for the Liquid E3.

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Notebookcheck

Good cost-benefit ratio

from Notebookcheck

A key feature is definitively the Dual-SIM function. Unfortunately, there is no LTE. The large 4.7-inch HD screen can score in terms of resolution and brightness. On the other hand, system performance is rather decent, but sufficient for everyday use. With the camera it is possible to shoot nice pictures. A problem might be the non-exchangeable 2000 mAh battery...

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A key feature is definitively the Dual-SIM function. Unfortunately, there is no LTE. The large 4.7-inch HD screen can score in terms of resolution and brightness. On the other hand, system performance is rather decent, but sufficient for everyday use. With the camera it is possible to shoot nice pictures. A problem might be the non-exchangeable 2000 mAh battery.

All in all, the current E-model of Acer is a good middle class device. If one can live with the mentioned disadvantages, the smartphone has a lot to offer and is worth the money.

When buying the device, one should go for the slightly more expensive Plus Version, since the relatively small extra costs are outweighed by 16 GB ROM instead of 4 GB. Also, going from one to two GB RAM can be considered beneficial. In comparison to its predecessor Liquid E2, the manufacturer could improve processing quality.

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Olivia

Do not buy

I really loved this phone when I purchased it but after just 7 months of having this phone it won't connect to any Wi-Fi network at all even when I know the password is 100% right.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 25, 2014
Regions available United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor MediaTek MT6589 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.32 W/kg
Body: 0.7 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 360 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.8 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm (5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure value, Scene mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Acer E380

Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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