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Acer Liquid Jade Z Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/05/2015

Liquid Jade. Acer's Liquid Jade Z is a very lightweight dual-SIM smartphone with many curves. This report reveals whether the device is convincing overall.

For the original German review, see here.

Low weight, high-resolution cameras, LTE and an unusual pattern on the rear are to secure the success of Acer's Liquid Jade Z in the mid-range. It is one of the most expensive models from the manufacturer who generally concentrates on devices under 300 Euros (~$333) in its smartphone division.

The rivals cannot wait to compete with the Liquid Jade Z: Motorola's Moto G2Samsung's Galaxy Grand Prime and LG's Spirit 4G are all in the same price range. How will Acer's smartphone score?

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Acer Liquid Jade Z (Liquid Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 11 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: microSD max. 32GB, Sensors: motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, GPS
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS, LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbps Download, 50MBps Upload), SAR rates: head 0.547 W/kg, body 0.447 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 143.5 x 69.8 ( = 0.31 x 5.65 x 2.75 in)
Battery
9 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2300mAh, non-removable, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 7 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 5.0MP (front); 13.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, headset, USB cable, power supply, Acer Extend, Acer Portal, Acer Snap Note, ab-Suite, Acer Nav, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio, dual-SIM
Weight
110 g ( = 3.88 oz / 0.24 pounds), Power Supply: 57 g ( = 2.01 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

With a weight of just 110 grams (~3.9 Oz), Acer's Liquid Jade Z is a true light smartphone. The Moto G2 comes closest to it with 120 grams (~4.2 oz) and Samsung's Galaxy Grand Prime weighs 150 grams (~5.3 oz). However, the review sample's low weight also leads to a somewhat low-quality feel when holding it.

Acer relies on round, organic shapes for the casing's design. This is extended into details such as the rear-sided speaker or the earpiece on the front. This very curvy design is a matter of taste, but its implementation is consistent and distinct, and we quite like it.

The casing is made entirely of plastic; a subtle texture consisting of vertical and horizontal lines, giving a high-quality impression, covers the rear. This texture also enhances the smartphone's grip. The casing is quite robust: The rear is pressure resistant, but pressure on the front leads to visible reactions in the liquid crystals. The casing tends to creak when it is twisted; otherwise, the build is good.

144.8 mm / 5.7 inch 72.1 mm / 2.84 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs141.5 mm / 5.57 inch 70.7 mm / 2.78 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs143.5 mm / 5.65 inch 69.8 mm / 2.75 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 110 g0.2425 lbs133.25 mm / 5.25 inch 66 mm / 2.6 inch 9.95 mm / 0.3917 inch 120 g0.2646 lbs

Connectivity

Dual-SIM support is a tradition at Acer's. However, the user will have to decide whether to use two nano-SIM cards, or only one nano-SIM card and a micro-SD card to expand the  storage to 32 GB. Only the first supports LTE in dual-SIM mode. The second is limited to UMTS. In addition, the Liquid Jade Z features an FM radio receiver.

Software

The operating system is based on Android 4.4 with only minor changes to the look and feel of Android, for example, the modified lock screen with multiple quick start slots for apps. Acer has also preloaded a very extensive software bundle that, for example, contains the "ab Suite" for storing documents on the home PC and acts as the cloud server for the user's mobile devices. However, it also includes a lot of adware, and the preloaded programs occupy quite a lot of storage capacity from the outset.

GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

Communication & GPS 

The Liquid Jade Z even supports high-speed LTE connections at a speed of up to 150 Mbps in download and 50 Mbps in upload when communicating with the mobile network. The reception was good. We usually had 3/4 of the signal indoors and mostly the full reception outdoors in an urban area in the German O2/E-Plus network.

The smartphone links to Wi-Fi networks in the 802.11 b/g/n standard. This means that the 5 GHz band cannot be used. However, fast connections with up to 240 Mbps are possible anyway. The reception was rather below average. Only half the signal strength was displayed at a distance of ten meters (~33 ft) to the router and through three walls. Web pages opened slightly slower than when directly beside the router.

The GPS reception was quite decent. The module tracked us with an accuracy of up to 6.5 meters (~21 ft) in the outdoors. However, it took relatively long time before it connected to enough satellites. Localization was not possible indoors.

Acer has modified the phone app slightly
Acer has modified the phone app slightly

Telephone & Voice Quality

Acer has reworked the phone app slightly. Basically, very similar features as in Google's stock app are available. A log displays the last calls, contacts can be grouped, and a quick-dial feature is installed.

We evaluated the voice quality based on several test calls. Our contact heard us in a slightly muffled quality. Premium smartphones have a much clearer sound. The microphone also transmits actions, for example, when a finger slides over the smartphone's back. We also heard our contact as slightly muffled, but we found the quality of the earpiece better than that of the microphone.

Cameras

Acer's Liquid Jade Z features a rear-facing, 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and auto focus. This is a higher resolution than the rear-facing camera of all comparison devices. The 5 megapixel front-facing camera is also ahead of the resolution in the comparison devices.

The image quality of the rear-facing camera is very good. Colors are reproduced well, the focus is usually decent, and the photos can be zoomed in without seeing the individual pixels. Color fringes at the object's edges or  coarse color transitions are not visible. In a direct comparison with the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 has slightly more dynamic in dark areas, i.e. more details can be recognized. However, these are very minor differences. Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p and only 30 frames per second. However, the quality is good.

The front-facing camera also shoots decent pictures, making it quite suitable for high-quality selfies.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Input Devices & Handling

Acer uses the virtual "Swype" keyboard rather than Google's keyboard by default. However, the user can always switch to Google's model. That is not really necessary. Swype offers many features and can particularly boast, as the name suggests, with the option of inputting text via swipe gestures. It even supports gestures that first have to be memorized because they are not intuitively conclusive, and are not displayed on the keyboard. In our opinion, the keyboard is slightly cramped with double assignments and relatively small keys.

The touchscreen responded instantaneously to our inputs, and is still very accurate at its edges. The menu keys are faded in at the lower edge; touch buttons or hardware keys are not installed. The only physical controls are the volume rocker on the right and the standby button on the casing's upper edge. The volume control in particular gives low-quality impression and sometimes we even had the feeling that the key wedged slightly.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

The screen in Acer's Liquid Jade Z is 5 inches and is based on the IPS technology. The resolution of 1280x720 pixels is standard in this price range. The review sample manages the last place among the comparison devices with its average brightness of 340.3 cd/m². However, the illumination of 93% is relatively even, making homogeneously colored surfaces possible.

339
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 353 cd/m² Average: 340.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 343 cd/m²
Contrast: 879:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.59 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 7.25 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.41
Acer Liquid Jade Z
Mali-T760 MP2, MT6732, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG Spirit
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
2%
12%
-15%
Brightness middle
343
359
5%
417
22%
426
24%
Brightness
340
348
2%
417
23%
415
22%
Brightness Distribution
93
92
-1%
96
3%
90
-3%
Black Level *
0.39
0.46
-18%
0.56
-44%
0.83
-113%
Contrast
879
780
-11%
745
-15%
513
-42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.59
5.17
8%
3.11
44%
5.98
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.25
5.4
26%
3.64
50%
6.03
17%
Gamma
2.41 91%
2.35 94%
2.64 83%
2.48 89%
CCT
7361 88%
7168 91%
7115 91%
7983 81%

* ... smaller is better

The screen's black level is compelling. With just 0.39 cd/m², dark areas are not very bright and look quite rich. This also results in a decent contrast ratio of 879:1, and the colors on the screen look fairly vivid.

The analysis with the CalMAN software and a spectrophotometer gives more details about color reproduction. A clear bluish-greenish tint is evident here, which is primarily seen in bright grayscale levels. On the other hand, colors look quite natural to the naked eye, although the measured rates show clear shifts, especially in yellow and orange hues.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

A glossy screen is of course not ideal for outdoor use, and the comparison devices are usually more suitable for this purpose due to their relatively higher brightness. Only the high contrast of the Liquid Jade Z enables recognizing activities on the screen fairly well even in somewhat bright ambient light.

Thanks to IPS, the viewing angles are good in all directions. However, a shadow moves over the image when tilting the screen back and forth, and dims it from some viewing angles.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Unlike the comparison devices based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 or 410, Acer's Liquid Jade Z relies on a somewhat stronger Mediatek MT6732 with four cores, 64-bit support and a maximum clock of 1.5 GHz. This allows Acer's smartphone to clearly set itself apart from the comparison devices. The processor performance is at least one third higher than in all other devices, such as LG's Spirit. We did not experience any speed issues with apps or in the operating system in real-life use.

An ARM Mali-T760 MP2 graphics card with a clock rate of up to 500 MHz is installed. It is also a mid-range solution, but can also relegate the comparison devices to the last places.

Browsing on the Internet is also faster with Acer's Liquid Jade Z than with the equally priced comparison devices. The flash storage is also one of the fastest of its kind. However, just less than 11 GB of the 16 GB in our system can be used due to the multitude of preloaded apps. However, it is possible to move the apps to a micro-SD card.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
2022 Points ∼2%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
1156 Points ∼1% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1426 Points ∼2% -29%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
695 Points ∼14%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
343 Points ∼7% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
473 Points ∼10% -32%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
4217 points ∼92%
LG Spirit
0 points ∼0% -100%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
2802 points ∼61% -34%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
6690 points ∼36%
LG Spirit
0 points ∼0% -100%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
3305 points ∼18% -51%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
295 MFLOPS ∼10%
LG Spirit
196 MFLOPS ∼7% -34%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
114 MFLOPS ∼11%
LG Spirit
100 MFLOPS ∼10% -12%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
31395 Points ∼32%
LG Spirit
21146 Points ∼21% -33%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
18711 Points ∼19% -40%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
833 Points ∼41%
LG Spirit
603 Points ∼30% -28%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
609 Points ∼30% -27%
Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
388 Points ∼1%
LG Spirit
311 Points ∼1% -20%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
349 Points ∼1% -10%
Memory (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
536 Points ∼7%
LG Spirit
312 Points ∼4% -42%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
487 Points ∼6% -9%
System (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
1358 Points ∼8%
LG Spirit
1050 Points ∼6% -23%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
866 Points ∼5% -36%
Overall (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
696 Points ∼8%
LG Spirit
498 Points ∼6% -28%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
547 Points ∼6% -21%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
11143 Points ∼13%
LG Spirit
9090 Points ∼11% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
9264 Points ∼11% -17%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
7352 Points ∼1%
LG Spirit
3822 Points ∼1% -48%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
3954 Points ∼1% -46%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
7954 Points ∼3%
LG Spirit
4387 Points ∼2% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
4531 Points ∼2% -43%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
10199 Points ∼12%
LG Spirit
8739 Points ∼10% -14%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
7381 Points ∼9% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
8791 Points ∼10% -14%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
4310 Points ∼1%
LG Spirit
2190 Points ∼0% -49%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
2412 Points ∼0% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2207 Points ∼0% -49%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
4944 Points ∼2%
LG Spirit
2628 Points ∼1% -47%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
2836 Points ∼1% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2648 Points ∼1% -46%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
19.2 fps ∼0%
LG Spirit
5.2 fps ∼0% -73%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
5.7 fps ∼0% -70%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
11 fps ∼0%
LG Spirit
9.6 fps ∼0% -13%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
11 fps ∼0% 0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
1 fps ∼0%
LG Spirit
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
1.6 fps ∼0% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1.8 fps ∼0% +80%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
8.4 fps ∼2%
LG Spirit
3.9 fps ∼1% -54%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
4.2 fps ∼1% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
6.4 fps ∼2% -24%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
979 ms * ∼11%
LG Spirit
1498 ms * ∼16% -53%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
2087.1 ms * ∼23% -113%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1400 ms * ∼15% -43%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
3579 Points ∼7%
LG Spirit
2961 Points ∼6% -17%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
2057 Points ∼4% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
1447 Points ∼3% -60%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
11448 ms * ∼19%
LG Spirit
20618 ms * ∼35% -80%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
16414.6 ms * ∼28% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
18882 ms * ∼32% -65%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
6.7 MB/s ∼3%
LG Spirit
3 MB/s ∼1% -55%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
11.49 MB/s ∼4% +71%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
2.3 MB/s ∼1% -66%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
31 MB/s ∼14%
LG Spirit
15 MB/s ∼7% -52%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
13.49 MB/s ∼6% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
17.5 MB/s ∼8% -44%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
39 MB/s ∼7%
LG Spirit
21 MB/s ∼4% -46%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
27 MB/s ∼5% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
18 MB/s ∼3% -54%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Liquid Jade Z
269 MB/s ∼15%
LG Spirit
129 MB/s ∼7% -52%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
73.81 MB/s ∼4% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
103 MB/s ∼6% -62%

Legend

 
Acer Liquid Jade Z Mediatek MT6732, ARM Mali-T760 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG Spirit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The demanding game "Asphalt 8: Airborne" ran smoothly even in high details. It is also possible to play more basic games, such as "Angry Birds" without lags. Control via touchscreen and position sensor is accurate, and does not give any reason for complaint.

Smooth even in high details: "Asphalt 8".
Smooth even in high details: "Asphalt 8".
"Angry Birds" also runs lag-free.
"Angry Birds" also runs lag-free.

Emissions

Temperature

The areas around both the front and rear cameras are already slightly warmer than the rest of the casing even in idle mode. The temperature increase is also very limited to this area under load. The lower area where the smartphone is mostly held is the coolest part - a clever design decision by Acer. The maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) is noticeable on the rear, but still within limits.

Max. Load
 38.3 °C
101 F
32.1 °C
90 F
29.9 °C
86 F
 
 39.5 °C
103 F
33.1 °C
92 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 36.8 °C
98 F
32.1 °C
90 F
29.9 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Average: 33.5 °C = 92 F
37.2 °C
99 F
32.1 °C
90 F
28.5 °C
83 F
37.6 °C
100 F
31.4 °C
89 F
28.5 °C
83 F
40.1 °C
104 F
32.2 °C
90 F
30.3 °C
87 F
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 33.1 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.4 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 21.1 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.5 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Considering that it is an affordable smartphone, Acer's Liquid Jade Z provides a decent sound. The maximum volume could be slightly higher and very occasionally the trebles are slightly too prominent. Otherwise, the sound is balanced and pleasant. Of course, excessive bass should not be expected. In addition, the speaker's rear-sided positioning is not really ideal, but Acer's Liquid Z makes the most of it. Users who want more sound quality can connect speakers or headphones to the 3.5 mm jack, which is satisfactory.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Despite its only moderately bright screen, Acer's Liquid Jade Z proved to be quite  energy hungry. It consumed more power than Motorola's Moto G2 or Samsung's Galaxy Grand Prime in every scenario. It is only exemplary in a turned off state and in standby with 0 and 0.1 watts.

The smartphone consumed a minimum of 0.8 watts when on, and it increased to 3.6 watts under full load - which is a bad omen for the battery runtime.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.8 / 1.2 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 3 / 3.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Runtime

Among other things, the smaller battery in Acer's Liquid Jade Z contributes to the lighter weight compared with most comparison devices. It can only supply 8.7 Wh. The Moto G2 and Galaxy Grand Prime have a clear edge here.

Despite its relatively high consumption rates and a rather small battery, the Liquid Jade Z scores quite well in the comparison, and outruns the Moto G2 and Galaxy Grand Prime with 8:43 hours in the Wi-Fi test. On the other hand, its load runtime of less than 3 hours is rather short.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 56min
Acer Liquid Jade Z
Mali-T760 MP2, MT6732, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG Spirit
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen 4G
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
22%
25%
-2%
WiFi v1.3
523
674
29%
499
-5%
512
-2%
Load
176
203
15%
273
55%
H.264
685

Pros

+ Light and slim casing
+ Relatively stiff
+ Dual-SIM support
+ Expandable storage
+ Decent camera equipment
+ High performance
+ Acceptable sound

Cons

- Dark screen with greenish tint
- Middling voice quality
- Either dual-SIM or micro-SD
- Slow GPS
- Image sharpness not always perfect
- High consumption rates

Verdict

In review: Acer Liquid Jade Z. Review sample courtesy of Acer Germany.
In review: Acer Liquid Jade Z. Review sample courtesy of Acer Germany.

The fast SoC is certainly an asset that Acer's Liquid Jade Z can boast with. It allows smooth gaming and lag-free navigation in the operating system. The cameras in Acer's smartphone also have some advantages over the comparison devices, and can even compete against considerably more expensive smartphones. The speaker has decent sound for this price range, and the storage can be expanded.

The need to save is actually only noticed in the moderate voice quality and the hybrid solution where the user has to choose between dual-SIM and expandable storage. Furthermore, the screen is not exactly the brightest of its kind.

Acer has done a good job in terms of price-performance, and launches a smartphone that wraps plenty of power and a high-resolution in a decent casing with its Liquid Jade Z. That is definitely worth a purchase recommendation at a price under 200 Euros (~$222).

Acer Liquid Jade Z - 06/18/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
68 / 75 → 91%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
96%
Battery
90%
Display
83%
Games Performance
58 / 63 → 92%
Application Performance
36 / 70 → 51%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
75%
Average
75%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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