Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Acer Liquid Z5's screen is 5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 20.8 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Eye-catching design
  • Large touchscreen display
  • Expandable memory via microSD

What's bad  

  • Low screen resolution
  • Limited amount of RAM
  • Limited amount of on-board storage space
  • Runs dated version of Android

What is the Acer Liquid Z5? According to Andrew Williams of Trusted Reviews, it’s an “affordable phone with a big screen.” And just how big is it exactly? It uses a 5-inch display with a screen resolution of 854x480 pixels, so it’s pretty big for most people.

Looks-wise, it's not half bad. Jamie Rigg from Engadget says that while its not revolutionary in design, "at 8.8mm thick with a plastic unibody, it's not horribly unattractive.”

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The phone falls in the budget category, a fact made obvious by the rather modest hardware specs. Its main features include a dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz, a rather paltry 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. 

One other interesting hardware feature worth mention is the Rapid button, located at the back, which can be used to issue simple commands like unlocking the screen with a single press.

Its software, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is now a somewhat dated version of the Android operating system.

So what's the verdict?

As Carly Page from The Inquirer says, "its low resolution screen and lack of standout features means that its unlikely to convince buyers." In a world where other phone makers are releasing similarly-priced models with overall better features, Acer's Z5 clearly has its work cut out for it.


Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


Pocket-lint

A fair proposition for those looking for a large scale screen on a budget

from Pocket-lint

The Acer Liquid Z5 is great value for money, offering a plenty of tech alongside a big display for under £100. It brings some brilliant features with it too, including decent battery life, a great Float interface for multi-tasking, as well as the Quick Mode profiles which make it a fantastic device for those unfamiliar with the full complexities of the Android operating system.

But it simultaneously fails to stand out among a strong crowd. There's no 4G connectivity, the 5-inch screen might sound great but sacrifices resolution and viewing angles for the sake of size and so... Full review

BetaNews

You get what you pay for

from BetaNews

The chassis design certainly looks as though some thought has been put into it. It isn’t great that you can very clearly see the join between back and front of the handset, and on my review sample the flap protecting the microSD card slot on the left edge of the phone was not a particularly good fit. This just goes to show that design is one thing, manufacturing another.

On the software front Acer has implemented something it calls Quick Mode. This is a bit like the Simple mode in the Huawei Ascend Y530, but way more complex. Quick Mode is actually several modes -- basic mode,... Full review

Digital Versus

Neither terrible nor amazing

from Digital Versus

Acer may not have revolutionised smartphone design with the Liquid Z5, but was able to give it a stylish, unique body that's well manufactured. The two ostensible speakers—as we'll see further down, it's actually just one speaker—are an original visual touch. Acer gave the phone an LED for notifications (battery, incoming texts, etc.), always a welcome addition.

We like the way the phone feels in the hand, thanks in large part to the quality plastic used on the frame. It weighs 150 grams, but doesn't feel abnormally heavy, as the weight is well distributed. The physical... Full review

Notebookcheck

Apps run unstably, crash or don't even start

from Notebookcheck

Do buyers of a 170 Euros (~$234) smartphone have to be frustration-resistant? Very likely, because Acer's Liquid Z5 comes with a few major points of criticism that should be considered before purchase. The performance is decent and quite suitable for routine use. However, it also occasionally causes waiting times when booting, and it stutters in the menu. We deducted 3% from the final score because apps recurrently crash. This might be eliminated with a software update though. Nevertheless, games like Iron Man 3, which is a rather speedy 3D game, run satisfactorily in the screen's resolutio... Full review

Fun & simple

Picked up this phone @ Staples, unlocked, on sale for $100. Loved it from the get go. One of the major reasons? Call me crazy but I like the older version of Android it runs. Android, like iOS, has become increasingly tricked out, to little or no advantage. As well as glaring, headache inducing wh... More
Picked up this phone @ Staples, unlocked, on sale for $100. Loved it from the get go. One of the major reasons? Call me crazy but I like the older version of Android it runs. Android, like iOS, has become increasingly tricked out, to little or no advantage. As well as glaring, headache inducing white, & unimaginatively flat, & uninteresting. Acer has added a couple of useful apps and a pinch of this and that in the settings, but overall the phone runs a pretty pure, tasty little Jelly Bean. Design wise the phone is actually quite a pleasure to hold. It somehow suits the older OS, as well, as if the designers understood & wanted to give it an aspect of inner & outer confluence. Yea. The phone flunks out occasionally when you put too much stuff at once onto its slender half gig shoulders. But hey. Go easy! And no, it doesn't have the greatest camera, but I've used worse. It does the trick. The phone has LTE, manages to run a good long time on a charge, and has good sound quality both in calls & for media. I prefer an underdog like this to the usual almighty prom kings that everyone admires. Glad I bought it. Less

It does the job nice and smooth.

I gave it 10/10 because it does everything mentioned on the specs. This is not a high end phone with HD videos and amazing camera. However you can use a multitude of features even if the Android system is JellyBean... The Internet works very well, multimedia and social media apps are running smooth... More
I gave it 10/10 because it does everything mentioned on the specs. This is not a high end phone with HD videos and amazing camera. However you can use a multitude of features even if the Android system is JellyBean... The Internet works very well, multimedia and social media apps are running smooth and offer a nice experience, we can talk on Skype with no problems whatsoever, we can use FTP to administer and adjust things on our serve while on the go.... it's easy, fast, ergonomic and low cost. For under $200 you can't expect much but the stylish design, the functionality and the options you have on this phone makes it perfect for day to day use. Pair this with a no contract, no expiration prepaid SIM and you have a quick great device to stay in touch with people, navigate the Internet, watch movies online, use social media and more. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date January 23, 2014
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, North America
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB Flash
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.303 W/kg
Body: 0.367 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 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 Up to:
480 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Essential White, Gentle Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.3 x 0.9 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 147 grams
(5.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 196 pixels
Size 5 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 Yes
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
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 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR, Exposure, Scene mode, Zero shutter delay
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, 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 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
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Acer Z150

Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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