7.5/10
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The Acer Liquid S2 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

You can think of the Acer Liquid S2 as an alternative to higher-profiles phones like the Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It’s not as widely available, and isn’t quite as good in several respects. But it is a little bit cheaper, too.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Digital Versus

This phablet is very nice to use, with a good-quality screen, sharp responses, smooth running and great multimedia performances.

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
What Hi-Fi

A mixed performer – it will need an aggressive pricing strategy to stand out.

- Kob Monney, What Hi-Fi
The Inquirer

The Acer Liquid S2 undoubtedly is the firm's most interesting smartphone to date and manages to challenge the Galaxy Note 3 in screen quality and processing power. Although the handset ships with an older version of Google's Android mobile operating system, we found Acer's largely vanilla user inter...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
Notebookcheck

Although the Liquid S2 could not take the throne, this Phablet is a success. The bright display with strong contrast is instantly amiable. The brightness sensor could use some work though.The camera captures above-average pictures. The Ultra-HD function is a nice feature, but few users will find it...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck


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Common Questions


Acer released the Liquid S2 on November 19, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Acer Liquid S2 user manual here.


Acer backs up the Liquid S2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The Acer Liquid S2's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3300 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 29.2 days standby time.

Liquid S2 Specs

Overview
Release date November 19, 2013
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.55 W/kg
Body: 0.536 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 29.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Red, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.6 x 8.6 x 0.9 cm (6.5 x 3.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 229 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 x pixels
Pixel density 368 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
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, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet 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, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
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 No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Acer S520

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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

A 6-inch Android monster with a Snapdragon 800 CPU and affordable price

from TrustedReviews

The Acer Liquid S2 is a solid, feature-packed phone that is a little cheaper than some of the competition. Strong core specs and plenty of features make it a sound buy. But a slight lack of finesse in part means it’s not a remarkable device.

There are definitely benefits to a phone this large, in particular for gaming, browsing and watching videos. But for many of you the practicality cost may be too great. There’s more than a fistful of phone to contend with here: make sure you’re prepared for it....

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The Acer Liquid S2 is a solid, feature-packed phone that is a little cheaper than some of the competition. Strong core specs and plenty of features make it a sound buy. But a slight lack of finesse in part means it’s not a remarkable device.

There are definitely benefits to a phone this large, in particular for gaming, browsing and watching videos. But for many of you the practicality cost may be too great. There’s more than a fistful of phone to contend with here: make sure you’re prepared for it.

The Acer Liquid S2 is a great big phone with lots of features. However, its large size means it’s a little tricky to handle at times and some elements lack a little care and attention.

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Digital Versus

All in all, it does exactly what it says on the box

from Digital Versus

The Full HD IPS display is without doubt the star of the show here. This 6" screen boasts 1920 x 1080 pixels, which works out at 367 pixels per inch (ppi), and is finished with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 for extra resistance. Under the hood, Acer has loaded the Liquid S2 with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. There's a main 13-Megapixel camera for photos and video around the back, capable of shooting video in 1080p Full HD or in 4K resolution, as well as a full range of connectivity options, with 4G, NFC, Wi-Fi n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (plus GLONASS).

Build quality may be good, but the Liquid S2 isn't the most practical of smartphones to handle. For starters, it's heavy—very heavy, in fact. And while we can't expect a phablet to be an especially lightweight handset, Acer sets a new record here, with the heaviest phone we've seen yet!...

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The Full HD IPS display is without doubt the star of the show here. This 6" screen boasts 1920 x 1080 pixels, which works out at 367 pixels per inch (ppi), and is finished with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 for extra resistance. Under the hood, Acer has loaded the Liquid S2 with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. There's a main 13-Megapixel camera for photos and video around the back, capable of shooting video in 1080p Full HD or in 4K resolution, as well as a full range of connectivity options, with 4G, NFC, Wi-Fi n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (plus GLONASS).

Build quality may be good, but the Liquid S2 isn't the most practical of smartphones to handle. For starters, it's heavy—very heavy, in fact. And while we can't expect a phablet to be an especially lightweight handset, Acer sets a new record here, with the heaviest phone we've seen yet!

The main thing to consider with the Acer Liquid S2 is whether you can put up with its weighty build. The camera isn't the best, but it's still not too bad compared with the competition. The Liquid S2's size and weight could put off more than one potential buyer, even among those used to handling phablets. We'd therefore recommend trying this handset out in a store before you buy.

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What Hi-Fi

Lacks something special to make it stand out

from What Hi-Fi

Acer’s first crack at a premium phablet comes with good intentions, delivering great specs and results in some areas but left wanting in others.

The S2 seeks to separate itself from its cheaper sibling, the Liquid S1, by packing all the high-end specs you could ask for – including a 6in Full HD screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage with support for up to 128GB expansion via microSD and a 13MP camera with the ability to film 4K video....

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Acer’s first crack at a premium phablet comes with good intentions, delivering great specs and results in some areas but left wanting in others.

The S2 seeks to separate itself from its cheaper sibling, the Liquid S1, by packing all the high-end specs you could ask for – including a 6in Full HD screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage with support for up to 128GB expansion via microSD and a 13MP camera with the ability to film 4K video.

This mixed bag means it struggles to create the impact it will need to succeed against stiff competition.

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The Inquirer

Screen quality and power impresses, but running older Jelly Bean version of Android

from The Inquirer

The Acer Liquid S2 undoubtedly is the firm's most interesting smartphone to date and manages to challenge the Galaxy Note 3 in screen quality and processing power. Although the handset ships with an older version of Google's Android mobile operating system, we found Acer's largely vanilla user interface pleasant to use, perhaps more so than the overbearing custom user interfaces often found on other similarly specified handsets...

More

The Acer Liquid S2 undoubtedly is the firm's most interesting smartphone to date and manages to challenge the Galaxy Note 3 in screen quality and processing power. Although the handset ships with an older version of Google's Android mobile operating system, we found Acer's largely vanilla user interface pleasant to use, perhaps more so than the overbearing custom user interfaces often found on other similarly specified handsets.

However, we thought the phone was a little let down by its battery, and the large 6in phablet design is unlikely to be to everyone's taste - especially those with small hands. 

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Notebookcheck

A very good middle-class Phablet with the ambition to reach higher

from Notebookcheck

Although the Liquid S2 could not take the throne, this Phablet is a success. The bright display with strong contrast is instantly amiable. The brightness sensor could use some work though.

The camera captures above-average pictures. The Ultra-HD function is a nice feature, but few user...More

Although the Liquid S2 could not take the throne, this Phablet is a success. The bright display with strong contrast is instantly amiable. The brightness sensor could use some work though.

The camera captures above-average pictures. The Ultra-HD function is a nice feature, but few users will find it immensely useful. Thankfully, there are many features offered in FullHD as well. Thanks to the MicroSD slot, even if the user gets short on the space available internally, s/he can upgrade their storage by up to 128 GB.

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Recombu

Looks great, with plenty of power and the ability to shoot 4k video

from Recombu

The Acer Liquid S2 is a fully-featured phablet that can match the other big boys in pretty much every department. Media fans are going to get the most from it, thanks to the spacious Full HD screen and ability to shoot in 4k, but we also enjoyed the raw Android experience - although a KitKat update would be appreciated.

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The Acer Liquid S2 is a fully-featured phablet that can match the other big boys in pretty much every department. Media fans are going to get the most from it, thanks to the spacious Full HD screen and ability to shoot in 4k, but we also enjoyed the raw Android experience - although a KitKat update would be appreciated.

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