Acer has followed up its Liquid smartphone with a nippily named successor, the Liquid Express, which is now available in Orange and T-Mobile stores.
The Express adds NFC to the technology on board the handset, and is in fact Acer’s first NFC enabled device.
NFC is, amongst other things, the tech which facilitates mobile payments. Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer’s THBG division, commented: “As a technology of the future, NFC is a priority for Acer as it can be used for multiple purposes: payment, transport, tickets, loyalty cards, cultural information… and that’s without having explored the thousands more applications that will follow.”
He added: “In a few months’ time quite a number of smartphone users, whose new smartphones don’t include NFC functionality, will have to change their mobile in order to benefit from this new technology.”
So what about the rest of the tech spec? The phone boasts a 3.5 inch display, a 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Android Gingerbread will be on board, although the processor might not be quite beefy enough for an eventual upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Wi-fi, bluetooth and GPS will also be on board.
The Liquid Express will be available in titanium, and from now on, Acer says all its phones will carry NFC technology.
The handset is available free from T-Mobile for £15.32 per month on a two year contract, or from Orange for £20.50 per month for the most basic package.