In February of this year at the exhibition MWC 2016, Acer has introduced two five-inch smartphone – Liquid Zest and Liquid Zest 4G. In August, there was a 5.5-inch version of Liquid Zest Plus with
In August, there was a 5.5-inch version of Liquid Zest Plus with improved camera and capacious battery. The similarities of this model when compared to its predecessor, will be discussed in this review.
Specifications Acer Liquid Zest Plus (T08)
Screen: 5,5 “, IPS, 1280×720, 267 ppi
Processor: quad-core MediaTek MT6735, up to 1.3 GHz
Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T720
Operating System: Android 6.0 OS
RAM: 2 GB
Internal memory: 16 GB
Memory card support: microSD up to 32 GB
Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE 1, 3, 7, 20
SIM: 2 micro-SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, FM-receiver
Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
Camera: Basic – 13 megapixels (flash, laser and a hybrid autofocus), front – with a 5 megapixel (fixed-focus, wide-angle lens)
Sensors: lighting, proximity, microgyro, accelerometer, compass
Battery: 5000 mAh non-removable
Dimensions: 154,3×77,4×9,75 mm
Weight: 175 grams
The smartphone comes in a nice cardboard box, where in addition is small separate box for stereo headset, and the other – a set of documents, charger, and USB-cable.
Liquid Zest Plus – a candy bar design is a combination of various different shapes, colors, and surfaces with different finishes. by modern standards, housing is not too thin – 9.75 mm.
Edges and ends – shiny, silvery, slightly convex and have the same arcuate shape, thinning from the corners to the center, which reduces the thickness of the body visually (at least in this embodiment, dark blue).
The front panel is completely covered by protective glass.
From its sidewalls separates the thin-frame bordyurchik, slightly protruding above the surface of the screen.
The side frame is very noticeable – 2.5 mm. On the upper field of 10 mm in the middle is a round earpiece with silver trim, to his left – front camera lens, and the right – the sensors. On the wide bottom, field emblazoned silver brand logo.
The back cover is removable. It is made of plastic, which has a dull texture and poblёskivaet as fine transverse grooves.
Above in the center is a fairly large main camera lens in a thin metal frame, above it – the microphone below – LED flash.
At the bottom of the middle – the brand logo, and under it – the main speaker.
On the right side is a thin volume rocker, and under it – Lock / Power button. Both of these elements are made in the same color as the back cover. On the left side, there are no elements.
Despite the large size, keep the Liquid Zest Plus in the hand is convenient, because it has rounded rear edge of the cover. In addition, it is not slippery. Button is conveniently located under the thumb or index (depending on the arm). But to operate the device by means of the on-screen interface with one hand difficult, require interceptions.
The Smartphone screen is made by technology IPS, it has a size of 5.5 inches diagonally and resolution HD (1280×720 pixels), which corresponds to a pixel density of 267 ppi.
The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 with little or no shell changes. Screen lock on the top line shows the standard name of the provider, the notification icon and the active compounds, the battery level. Below is a clock and calendar, under them – dies with notifications, and at the bottom – three small icon: to activate Google Voice Search, go to the home screen and launch the camera.
There are also the so-called left page or Acer Liquid Home, giving access to background information, news from social networks and other online resources.
In addition, at the first visit to Internet, there are eBay and Amazon icons, and links to download and Booking.com Yandex Browser app.
Dial Pad is made in a flat design.
The basis of the electronic filing Acer Liquid Zest Plus comprise the same components as in its five-inch predecessors: a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735 (up to 1.3 GHz), a graphics accelerator Mali-T720, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory (users available about 10 GB), which can be expanded via microSD card up to 32 GB. Note that there is a version of the smartphone with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
Performance in the smartphone is ample for everyday use, including multimedia entertainment. The interaction with the interface, menu operation, scrolling images in the gallery and web-surfing run smoothly without delays.
The device easily cope with viewing HD-videos if broadcast from YouTube and other online resources, and recorded in the memory.
Liquid Zest Plus has quality sound (especially with headphones), helped support DTS HD Premium technology. But it can only evaluate in good headphones. At 24 ohm impedance is usually missing 80-90% of the maximum volume.
The main speaker is located centrally, near the level of 70-80% of the volume is enough for individual use in the not too noisy room. It sounds cleanly without distortion at maximum volume. Connecting headphones ensure operation FM-radio.
For photo and video smartphone Acer Liquid Zest Plus is equipped better than the five-inch devices in the same family. Main camera – 13-megapixel sensor, a laser, and a phase contrast autofocus lens is f / 2.0 aperture ratio. Front camera ordinary – 5 megapixel, fixed focus lens, aperture f / 2.2. Together with the main camera operates single LED flash. The main camera is pre-AF mode (it is active by default) focuses quite quickly, even in low light conditions it is spent not more than a second.
On the main screen photo appendices in a vertical orientation of the smartphone top left is an icon Call the main Settings menu (flash control, timer, voice commands, images protection, shoot-resolution grid) at the center – the name of the current shooting mode, right – the icon to quickly switch between the main and a front-facing camera. Below is an icon to enter the Gallery screen shutter button, the menu icon four shooting modes.
By default, the application is active auto. To switch to the other need to first click on the mode menu icon on the main screen, and then on the icon tapnut desired mode.
For experienced users, professional mode (Pro), allows you to take control of the main parameters of the shooting. In it appear on the screen to adjust the scale of white, ISO balance, exposure compensation, metering type, as well as the contrast, brightness, and sharpness of the resulting image.
Among the other eight modes, perhaps, the most popular is the HDR, “Panorama” and “Night Scene”.
Tested model Acer Liquid Zest Plus (T08) supports two SIM-cards micro-SIM format. By the reception of the signal and speech understanding during telephone conversations have no complaints. Data transmission in the LTE-networks quickly and confidently held. No problem, there is a connection and exchange of information on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Smartphone supports two satellite navigation systems: GPS and GLONASS. In a “cold” start at the apartment building windows, smartphone for 25-30 seconds are more than 10 satellites and determines the location of up to four meters. When “hot” start for it to spend no more than three seconds.
The smartphone is set to non removable battery capacity of 5000 mAh, which supports the rapid charging function – to a day of work for an hour recharge (30% charge per hour).
Full charge of the capacious battery in combination with HD-TV is enough for a three-day work. For example, the PCMark benchmark, simulating intensive use of smartphones, said full charge will last 11 hours and 21 minutes.
Business situation is also very good, with the active entertainment. With continuous viewing, HD-video in the “flight” on the maximum brightness of the screen smartphone lasted 15 hours and 20 minutes and an hour in the game WoT when on the Wi-Fi and the average brightness of the screen to use up approximately 18% of the battery charge.
Capacious battery Zest Plus can be used not only for long battery life, but also charge connected to it via USB to other devices.
Model Acer Liquid Zest Plus – made quality and beautiful smartphone that can hardly be called a clone of someone else (there is only similarity in design to other models from the same manufacturer).
The device is heavy and thicker than many of its competitors, but it is quite possible to forgive him because of the capacious battery. Combined with a large 5.5-five-inch screen that makes the phone attractive for entertainment.
The main disadvantage of the smartphone (however, the relative – see above.)
a high level of autonomy;
wide creative possibilities when taking pictures.
aggressive treatment of pictures in auto mode;
average quality night video shooting.