Aug 21 AT 10:41 AM Nick Gray 10 Comments

Nearly-stock Android 4.0.4 Acer Liquid Gallant and Gallant Duo unveiled ahead of IFA

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Looking to get a head-start on the IFA announcements from the major Android players, Acer has unveiled two new Android 4.0.4 powered handsets – the Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo. Both handsets are identical, save for a second SIM card slot on the Liquid Gallant Duo for those who simply can’t live with just one SIM card in their phone. Acer’s new Android phones are not going to compete with most high-end phones, but we’re sure you’ll be pleased to hear that both devices are running a bare-bones version of Android with only a few added widgets and system tweaks.

Both phones feature a 1GHz MT6575, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, 1,500mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, 5 MP rear camera with LED flash with 2.5D, touch to focus and panoramic mode, and improved audio with a virtual enhanced Surround Sound feature which can be used during calls or while listening to music.

The Acer Liquid Gallant and Gallant Duo will both be available in Gentle Black and Ceramic White. The Liquid Gallant Duo will be hitting store shelves in September with the single-SIM variant expected to show up several weeks later. Acer is not talking about prices yet, but we don’t expect either of these phones to fall into the premium category with the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III.

We’re not planning to line up to buy the Acer Liquid Gallant or Gallant Duo, but do hope that the major Android players like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony take note of Acer’s nearly stock Android 4.0.4 build on both phones.

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Acer launches Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo – Everything you need in the palm of your hand

Acer announces a winning twin of smartphones, the Liquid Gallant and Liquid Gallant Duo. With their advanced features and rich functionalities, these smartphones are the perfect companions of modern day’s explorers.
From the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, to the dual-sim dual stand-by model, ideal for globetrotters or for who wants to choose the better rate, these smartphones are designed to offer an enhanced user experience.

The Liquid Gallant and its dual-sim twin brother, the Liquid Gallant Duo, sport a 4.3-inches display with a qHD resolution, offering a clear and detailed rendering of every image and text on screen. The unique design, that makes the Liquid Gallant (Duo) so comfortable to hold in your hand, is further enhanced by the power button placed on the back of the phone, so that lighting the screen when you slide it out of your pocket has never been more convenient. The Liquid Gallants are available in two colors: Gentle Black and Ceramic White.

“This new Acer smartphone mission is quite simple: bring the best experience to all the modern days’ explorers, which results in creating a very affordable phone with no compromise on performance and usability” says Allen Burnes, SPBG EMEA Vice President.

Indeed the Liquid Gallants combine powerful processors and plenty of memory to enjoy an exceptional browsing experience. They run Android ICS 4.0.4 for a smooth and user-friendly performance. As usual, Acer has improved the user experience, adding cool touches such as the convenient unlock screen, the improved notification area, the famous Swype keyboard and more.

The 5 MP rear camera with LED flash deliver advanced features for an extraordinary experience. Taking a one-time shot in a circular path you’ll be able to capture a 2.5D view of your beloved. With automatic smile detection, you’ll never miss a person smiling. You can take pictures with higher contrast and rich of details and easily assemble them into a single panoramic photo. What’s more you can set the focus point where you want simply by touching anywhere on the viewfinder.

Finally, the Liquid Gallants bring a premium clear and loud sound experience to the users with enhanced Surround Sound, whether they are used as hands-free conference devices or as portable music players.

The Liquid Gallant Duo will start hitting the shelves in September 2012, closely followed by the Single-sim variant.

Come discover these striking twins at the Acer booth at IFA – Hall 12 booth 101, from Aug. 31st to Sept. 5th.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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