Acer Liquid X2 review: Switchboarding

Switchboarding

GSMArena team, 14 May, 2016.

Introduction

Liquid X2, Acer called it, when it clearly should have been the Acer Liquid X3. Now, we understand how the smartphone comes to replace the X1, but how did they miss out on a chance to name a triple-SIM device the X3, even if it skips a digit? Yes, the Acer Liquid X2 has multiple SIM slots, three of them.

Acer Liquid X2 review

Okay, to be fair, Acer already had one triple-SIM offering - the Liquid E700 - and it had the Trio moniker slapped to its name in some markets. Apparently, the company is no stranger to creative naming, it just chose to keep it simple for the Liquid X2.

Anyway, the number of SIM slots quickly reveals the price-conscious nature of the smartphone. Even if you had any doubts about it, the 720p resolution of the 5.5-inch display does well to squash them.

That said, the budget constraints have luckily not affected most of the other areas. The Mediatek MT6753 chipset is a reasonably powerful performer, there is a respectable 32GB of storage on board, and RAM is at a far-from-entry-level 3GB. There are also a couple of 13MP cams, one on the back, and one for selfies, and each gets an LED flash - not what you'd call skimping.

Powering the smartphone is a generous 4,020mAh battery (removable too), because what good are all these radios if they drill through your power pack in half a day of standby. A nicely balanced overall package, then.

Acer Liquid X2 key features

  • 5.5" 720p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 267ppi
  • Triple-SIM card support
  • All-plastic build, removable rear cover
  • Mediatek MT6753 chipset; octa-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali-T720MP4 GPU, 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP autofocus rear camera, f/1.8 lens, single-LED flash; 1080p@30fps video recording
  • 13MP autofocus front camera, f/1.8 lens, single-LED flash; 1080p@30fps video recording
  • 32GB built-in storage, dedicated microSD slot
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS; microUSB, FM radio
  • 4,020mAh battery
  • Standard 3.5mm headphone jack, 24-bit/192kHz DAC, Dolby DTS HD certification

Main shortcomings

  • Not quite enough resolution for the screen real estate
  • Bulky for the screen size
  • Android 5.1 is somewhat dated

Looking at the above lists, users of multiple carriers or multiple numbers with the same carrier will find plenty to like about the Acer Liquid X2. Perhaps its biggest shortcoming is the low pixel density, but that's understandable, it just needed to fit it into the budget. And just because we have twice the ppi in some flagships, doesn't make the X2's 267ppi all that terrible.

Acer Liquid X2 review

Of course, the above is based solely on the spec sheet, before we've even opened the box. That's exactly what we're going to do on the next page, where our usual routine begins.

Reader comments

  • Adesh singh

We need 3 sim mobile phone

  • Eduardo Rocha

I like Acer liquid X2. I already bought it last October 2016. I bought it for these reasons; triple sim, battery life, screen size, 4g LTE capability, camera, flip cover and for games like Pokemon go .! I'm planning to get another one, different colo...

  • Des

Not worth buying, no upgrade support from Acer, and it's already two Android versions out of date.