Acer Liquid E3 / E380


Acer Liquid E3 / E380
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
Mediatek MT6589, Mediatek MT6589 1.2GHz Quadcore Cortex-A7
Graphics adapter
PowerVR SGX544, Core: 200 MHz MHz
2048 MB 
4.7 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, Multitouch, IPS
16 GB SSD, 16 GB 
, , 12 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack in/out, Card Reader: micro SDHC, Sensors: GPS, Position
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM, UMTS (HSPA)
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 138 x 69 ( = 0.35 x 5.43 x 2.72 in)
7 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2000 mAh fixed battery, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 360 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 240 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 250 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 250 h
Operating System
Android 4.2
Webcam: 13 MP main camera; 2 MP front camera
Additional features
Speakers: Front speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, Power adaptor, Headset, various Acer Apps, 24 Months Warranty
135 g ( = 4.76 oz / 0.3 pounds), Power Supply: 69 g ( = 2.43 oz / 0.15 pounds)
249.99 Euro



Average Score: 67.67% - average
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 54%, features: 61%, display: 81% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 67%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 84%

Reviews for the Acer Liquid E3 / E380

81% Acer Liquid E3 E380 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
2 in 1. The Liquid E3 Duo offered by Acer is a middle class smartphone, which has a Dual-SIM function. Customers who absolutely want to have this feature did not have a large selection up to now and they had to accept compromises. Does the manufacturer offer a suitable solution without neglecting other important features?
70% The Liquid E3 has a decent spec list, just don't try and make a call
Source: Techradar English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 50%
60% Acer Liquid E3 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Acer Liquid E3 has a few standout features but as a full package doesn’t really cut it against the big boys. The Acer Liquid E3 is a good mid-range Android phone in many ways, but the sluggish performance really lets it down.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 50% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
50% Acer Liquid E3 mid-range smartphone review: Reasonably priced phone has outstanding features but disappoints
Source: PC Advisor English
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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 40% features: 60% workmanship: 50%

Foreign Reviews

Acer Liquid E3
Source: Hardbloxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2014
60% Acer Liquid E3 Im Ausführlichen Test
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Für Selfie-Lovers
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2014
85% Mittelklasse Smartphone mit Dual-SIM
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 80%



With its rounded, elegant design, the Acer Liquid E3 E380 is a low-end beauty. The smartphone comes in full matte black accented with a touch of red around the camera and at the screen bezel. There are indications that a white model and a dual-SIM model will be released as well. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean smartphone comes equipped with a MediaTek MT6589 Cortex-A7 quad core processor clocked at 1.20 GHz, 1 GB RAM and a built-in storage of 4 GB.

The small storage is acceptable at the price range and can be solved thanks to MicroSD support. The 4.7 inch IPS LCD touchscreen is powered by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and the image quality is very good. There are a 13 MP  auto-focus camera and a 2 mega-pixel front facing secondary camera. Sound quality is also good with DTS sound enhancement and the device can be pretty loud. Other features include GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and a Li-Ion battery, which enables up to 5 hours of talk time.

PowerVR SGX544: OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible with 4 pixel and 2 vertex shaders

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Quad-core Cortex-A7-based SoC for tablets and smartphones.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.135 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.

While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.

There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.

67.67%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2014-08- 3 (Update: 2014-08- 3)