Acer and Intel announce Liquid C1 Android smartphone powered by Lexington Atom chip

Acer and Intel have announced the Liquid C1 smartphone, which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is powered by Intel’s newly announced Lexington chipset – The Atom Z2420, which has a clock speed of 1.2GHz and has hyper-threading technology built-in. Only last week Lava had announced the Xolo X500 that was based on the same chipset, but there are some major differences between the two devices.

Unlike the Xolo X500, which is based on Intel’s Lexington reference design, the Acer Liquid C1 has original design. Its specs are also more advanced than the Xolo X500. Apart from the chipset, it has a 4.3-inch IPS panel with a qHD resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, which shoot at 5fps, and both these are much higher than the Xolo X500, which has a crummy HVGA panel and a 5-megapixel camera.

While the Lexington chip is being billed as a platform for low-cost smartphones, there are a few features that it touts that would be the envy of a single-core ARM A9 based SoC. For instance it can readily encode and decode 1080p video. This functionality is actually closer to a dual-core ARM chip and that’s what Intel is betting on, it’s inherent performance advantage over ARM.

Of course, there is the obvious difference in price between the Xolo X500 and the Liquid C1. The Xolo X500 has a price of Rs 8,999, while the Acer Liquid C1 does not have an Indian sticker price owning to its Thai launch for 9,990 baht, which equates to Rs 17,800.

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