It looks like the first smartphone with 1080p60 also.
Compared to many other companies, Acer's taken a rather cautious approach to super-sized phones. Its first attempt was the 5.7-inch Liquid S1, a rather straightforward Android handset unveiled back in June at Computex. The second time around, though, the company's taking a more ambitious approach, announcing the 6-inch Liquid S2 with 4K recording capability, a full HD IPS display and a Snapdragon 800 processor.
Acer's touting the S2 as the first phone to offer this 4K functionality, though all signs point to Samsung's next Galaxy Note shipping with the same feature. The device sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash along with a 2MP front shooter capable of 1080p video. The company's also loaded up the S2 with several software enhancements on the camera side. For one, a "quick first shot" feature lets you snap a picture right from the phone's unlock screen, and you have the ability to adjust focus and exposure separately. There's also a "favorite mode," which lets you create up to five profiles with customized settings and effects.
Though 4K recording is clearly the phone's marquee feature, other specs are decidedly more high-end than we're used to seeing on Acer's Liquid lineup. As mentioned, there's a Snapdragon 800 chip under the hood, clocked at 2.2GHz and bolstered by 2GB of RAM, and the battery is a sizable 3,300 mAh. There's 4G LTE connectivity on board as well.
As usual, Acer will sell this handset in Europe, not the US (at least for now). The Liquid S2 will launch at the end of October, and we expect pricing and more exact availability information to drop soon. We'll be getting our hands on the 6-inch handset here at IFA, so check back for a hands-on!
In addition to 4K video, the Acer Liquid S2 captures 1080/60p HD video and 4x slow motion video (presumably 120fps) at lower resolution. The display is a whopping 6″ IPS display and is powered by a Snapdrag0n 800 processor at 2.2Ghz and 2GB of RAM.
Acer’s press release doesn’t specify what codec Acer is using for 4K video; however, it’s going to have to be something that is highly compressed. JVC’s MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 used in its HMQ10 is quite compressed at 144Mbps (and it’s obvious when viewed on a 4K display); however, I can’t imagine the Liquid S2 offering data rates that high (it uses a single microSDXC card after all) – so I would expect the compression to be even worse.
Nowhere do they specify the 4k framerate. We could be in for a big GoPro-style disappointment, like 4k at 15fps.
I don't think Acer would call this the first 4K smartphone unless it had at least 24fps but more likely 30fps. GoPro does not call it's GoPro Black Edition a 4K camera , it's shown as 1080p60fps . Nikon also does not call it's V1 a 4K camera. My Sony NEX-VG900 shoots 1080p60 or 24mp 6000x4000 jpeg/RAW stills at 3fps and Sony does not call it a 6K camera.
It will not be available at first in the US but it looks like maybe the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have 4K and that will available from all carriers in the US.
The Acer Liquid S2 phablet-style smartphone has just been announced, and we now know it will feature 4K video recording capability. This makes it the first smartphone with 4K functionality to be officially introduced, although the Acer Liquid S2 is likely to be facing competition from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in that area. The latter is due to be announced on Wednesday.
When we first gave some unconfirmed specs for the Acer Liquid S2, we noted that on initial details it could give the Galaxy Note 3 a run for its money. Our opinion on this hasn’t changed now that the specs have been confirmed for the Liquid S2.
The Acer Liquid S2 features the much-coveted 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a 6-inch Full HD IPS display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory (expandable to 128GB). It also packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and a nicely sized 3300 mAh battery.
The Liquid S2 will launch running the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. As well as 4K video recording the camera also has some neat software such as a “quick first shot” feature, a “favorite mode” and the option of being able to separately adjust focus and exposure.
The Acer Liquid S2 may be the first smartphone announced that offers 4K video functionality, but we recently told of leaks that suggest this will also be available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In fact the Galaxy Note 3 may actually hit the shelves before the Acer Liquid S2.
All the signs are that it will release by mid to late September, while the Acer Liquid S2 is heading for a launch in late October. Also the Galaxy Note 3 will be sold in regions worldwide, while initially at least, the Liquid S2 will go on sale in Europe in black or red color options.
Official pricing remains unknown for both of these phones, though yesterday we discussed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pricing and unconfirmed specs here. Dimensions of the Acer Liquid S2 are 166mm x 86mm x 8.9mm, and it does seem very likely that the Acer Liquid S2 and Galaxy Note 3 will be natural rivals to each other.
It will certainly be interesting to see full specs confirmed for the Galaxy Note 3 on Wednesday, and you can be sure we’ll keep you informed. While we’re waiting we’d like to know what your thoughts are regarding the Acer Liquid S2.
Now, Acer is upping its game with a 6-inch smartphone that can record 4K video. The Liquid S2 has a ring flash around its 13-megapixel, f2.2 camera and has room for a 128GB memory card — very handy if you are recording a lot of 4K-resolution video.