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Acer launches the first 4K-capable smartphone - Liquid S2

As the IFA 2013 show is about to unfold in Berlin, Acer has jumped the gun announcing the first smartphone with 4K video recording support - the Liquid S2. The device comes running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.

At the front you get a 6" Full HD IPS display (368 ppi) covered in Gorilla Glass 3, while inside a 3300 mAh battery provides the juice. The 16 gigs of storage is expandable by a whopping 128 GB thanks to the microSD card slot.



The main camera on board is a 13 MP unit with a 28 mm wide-angle lens and a back-side illuminated sensor. The front cam features an ultra-wide 88-degree 24 mm BSI sensor of 2 MP resolution and 1080p video recording. Speaking of which the Acer Liquid S2 can capture 4K UHD (Ultra HD) video along with high-framerate Full HD (60 fps) and slow motion video.

There's a panorama mode that produces up to 27 MP shots, quick first shot lets you capture an image straight off the unlock screen.

The Acer Liquid S2 footprint measures 166 x 86 mm and the phablet is 8.99mm thick. There's 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n as well as the usual connectivity goodies - 3G and GPS.

The Acer Liquid S2 will launch at the end of October across Europe, but there's no word on specific countries availability or price just yet.

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Acer Liquid S2 pops up on GFX Bench, runs on Snapdragon 800

Acer Liquid S2 seems to be the company's next flagship device that will supposedly hit the shelves very soon.

According to a leaked roadmap Acer Liquid S2 will run on a quad-core 2.3GHz processor and pack a 5.98" 1080p IPS display. The rest of the mentioned specs include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and NFC. The Android version is dubbed K OS, although we are not sure if that is shortened from Key Lime Pie or some proprietary launcher. Acer Liquid S2 is supposed to be released this month in Russia for about

Alcatel One Touch Fierce and Evolve coming to T-Mobile

Alcatel has officially announced that its two new affordable smartphones - One Touch Fierce and Evolve will be launching on T-Mobile.

The One Touch Fierce and Evolve will be available across T-Mobile's retail stores from October 5. Alcatel Evolve will retail for $27.99 with 24 monthly device payment of $3. On the other hand, the One Touch Fierce will cost you $19.99 down with $6 monthly payment for next 24 months.

If you are wondering what these affordable smartphones has got to offer, here's a quick rundown. The One Touch Evolve comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered smartphone features a MediaTek processor clocked at 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage with the ability to expand memory via microSD Card slot.

The slightly more expensive offering from Alcatel, the One Touch Fierce sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with 1 GB of RAM. Fierce runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has 4 GB internal memory.

You can head on to T-Mobile website to know more about the plan details and other terms of the contract.

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Alcatel One Touch Hero phablet and Idol Alpha are official

Alcatel has unveiled a second wave of its Android smartphones today. Following the announcement of the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini, the phone maker has today presented the One Touch Hero phablet and the Idol Alpha Android smartphones.

Alcatel One Touch Hero

The Alcatel One Touch Hero is the company's first Android smartphone to pack a 6" display. It boasts a resolution of 1080p and uses IPS technology. Under the hood, there's a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU coupled by 2GB of RAM. Sadly, the company hasn't disclosed its make yet.

At the back of the Hero, Alcatel has opted for a 13 MP shooter capable of full HD video recording and backed by an LED flash. A 2MP snapper takes care of video chatting at the front.

Under the back cover, there's a 3400mAh battery and a microSD card slot for expanding the built-in storage, which is either 16GB of 32GB.

However, the Alcatel One Touch Hero is much more than your regular hard-to-wield smartphone thanks to its accessories. Firstly, the company has developed a desk stand that doubles as a pico-projector. It's capable of outputting 12 lumens worth of light output and projects an image larger than 70 inches.



The Alcatel One Touch Hero and its accessories

Then, there's the E-Ink cover, which adds an intriguing extra E-ink layer on top of the Hero's display. Just like the pico-projector accessory, the E-Ink cover connects to the Hero via the pins on the back of the phablet. Alcatel has announced a second cover dubbed MagicFlip, which only adds LED lights to notify you of new notifications.

Finally, the last Hero accessory worth mentioning is the Bluetooth-enabled feature phone. Yes, the Hero enjoys a feature phone as an accessory (think HTC Mini). It's capable of not only placing and receiving phone calls, but also receive texts and sync the Hero's phonebook and calendar entries.

Alcatel is yet to announce the One Touch Hero's pricing and availability.

Alcatel One Idol Alpha

As for the Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha, it's aimed towards the mid-range smartphone spectrum with its 4.7" IPS display of 720p resolution. Thanks to the 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, the Idol Alpha will probably offer some respectable performance as well.

Alcatel is quite proud of the Idol Alpha's design, which mixes a metal case with quite curvy, translucent edges. It's reasonably thin as well with a waistline of only 7.5mm. Those translucent edges also light up when there are new notifications or the phone is charging and playing video (much like Sony's Ambilight LED).

The company hasn't shared much more regarding the Idol Alpha's specifications. Among the unknowns are its price and date of availability, but we'll keep our ears pointed when new information pops up.

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