The success of big screen smartphones has caused another company to enter the phablet arena. Along with Ultrabook and tablet announcements at this year’s Computex expo, Acer took the wraps off of its first phablet, the Liquid S1.

With a screen size spanning 5.7 inches, the Acer Liquid S1 is no doubt a goliath phone. While slightly inferior than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s pixel density, the HD display still comes with a respectable 1280 x 720 resolution and 257 PPI. Running at the software side is the latest Android operating system, Jelly Bean 4.2. Users who prefer the stock user interface of the OS will appreciate the minimal UI changes that the Taiwanese company has added.

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To set it apart from the Android flock, Acer has configured the Liquid S1 to be a companion phone for both personal and business users. For instance, the bundled AcerCloud Docs software allows wireless file retrieval, projecting presentations in high definition, and even printing directly from the phone. The Acer Float User Interface, on the other hand, enhances the multitasking experience by allowing an app window to overlap on other windows. Apps that work with Float include the camera, notes, and calculator. Finally, users can also make use of Acer Auto Profile, which stores predefined configurations for volume, vibration, Bluetooth, WiFi, and others and activate them in specific locations that users frequent to.

In a press release, Acer is readying the Liquid S1 to ship to European markets in Q3 2013 with a €349 starting price (around Php 19,000). No word for a Philippine release has been released yet.

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