Acer announced the Liquid S1, its first phablet running on Google's Android operating system. The device will arrive in the third quarter with a 5.7-inch display, and specs, including a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek processor. Acer is packaging the S1 as "a travel companion for professionals and adventurers alike." On top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, there's Acer's own Float user interface that allows certain apps to float above other apps for multi-tasking. The software sports just a light UI skin, and, minus the unique multi-tasking feature, would appear to be running stock Android as seen on Google's Nexus-branded devices.

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  • The Liquid S1 has the specs usually found in mid-range phones: 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution for the 5.7-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2 MP and 8 MP cameras, and a 2400 mAh battery that lasts a day.
  • The device will roll out beginning in the third quarter starting and will be available in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, UK, Spain and Italy for EUR349 ($454) without a contract.
  • The device does not support LTE but comes with a dual-SIM option, suggesting that the device is designed for Europe and Asia.
  • There's no word if the Liquid S1 will be launched in the U.S.

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While the phone isn’t bleeding-edge, it still features some decent specs that should do well when combined with the low price tag. - Nick Sarafolean , DroidDog  
Acer claims the Liquid S1 will pack "a day's worth of battery power" - though we wouldn't say that's an awful lot to brag about. - Hugh Langley, TechRadar  
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