Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713) is Your Budget 3G Android Phablet in Malaysia

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)

ACER Iconia Tab 7 has officially arrived in Malaysia. It is a 7-inch tablet with 3G connectivity and phone functionality — Phablet.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 price in Malaysia is RM499. With the affordable price, it comes with basic hardware.

Iconia Tab 7 uses a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It is only 8.9mm thin and weighing at only 305g.

The phablet is powered by Mediatek’s quad-core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, supports microSD memory card up to 32GB. It has 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 runs Android 4.2.2, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It has a SIM slot (not Dual SIM) for 3G connectivity and supports phone functionality. You can use the 7-inch device as your mobile phone.

The battery life last for 6 hours. You could buy ACER Iconia Tab 7 (RM499) in Malaysia from StoreKini.com online store and TESCO with free gifts, such as casing, screen protector, power bank, mobile credit.

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LiewCF’s Buying guide

If you have limited budget and looking for a phablet (phone + tablet), ACER Iconia Tab 7 should be in your list.

It will run most apps without problem but you probably can forget about taking sharp photos with its 2MP camera. The 6 hours battery life is another concern, too.

Alternatively, ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) (8GB version) dropped price to RM429 in August 2014. It has less phone storage space but supports dual-SIM and longer battery life.

7 New ACER Devices in Malaysia: Aspire Switch 10, Iconia One 7, Aspire ES1-511, All-in-Ones, and More

The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected
The official launch of the Acer – A Touch More Connected

Acer Malaysia officially launched Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in–1 notebook. Along with Aspire Switch 10, Acer also introduced 6 more products, including new Acer Iconia One 7, Iconia A1, Acer Aspire ES1–511 notebooks and new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series.

1. Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10
Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in–1 Windows 8.1 notebook consists of tablet and keyboard dock, connected via a magnetic hinge.

The multi-touch IPS display is 10.1-inch with 1366×768 pixels resolution, provides wide viewing angle of up to 178-degree.

It is powered by Intel Atom Z3745 1.86GHz processor, 2GB RAM. The storage space is 32GB eMMC on tablet plus 500GB with keyboard dock. 2MP front webcam for 1080p video recording; no rear camera.

For connectivity, it has a micro USB port on tablet, USB 2.0 port on dock, micro SD card reader, HDMI micro port. Supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n.

Aspire Switch 10’s 22Wh battery provides battery life up to 8 hours, Acer says. The 2-in–1 notebook includes free license of Microsoft Office 365 Home & Students.

Aspire Switch 10 price in Malaysia is RM 1,399.

2. Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7
Acer Iconia One 7

Acer Iconia One 7 is 7-inch (1280×800) Android tablet powered by Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB eMMC storage. 2MP rear camera and HD camera at front. Its weight is 330g with build-in 3680 mAh battery, estimated battery life of up to 7 hours.

Iconia One 7 price in Malaysia is RM399.

3. Acer Iconia A1–830

Acer Iconia A1
Acer Iconia A1

A1–830 is 7.9-inch Android tablet with aluminium build. Same as Iconia One 7, A1–830 is powered by same Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

The screen resolution is 1024×768, a 4:3 aspect ratio suitable for web browsing and ebook reading.

Iconia A1–830 has 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, plus two speakers. The battery is 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer.

Iconia A1–830 price in Malaysia is RM 599.

4. Acer Aspire ES1–511

Acer Aspire ES1-511
Acer Aspire ES1-511

Aspire ES1–511 is the cheapest Acer E-series notebook. The display is 15.6-inch with resolution 1366×768 pixels. Powered by Intel Celeron Quad-core N2930 1.83GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 500GB SATA hard disk. The notebook runs Windows 8.1 with Bing*.

It equipped with a DVD drive, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI port. Supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The 15.6″ notebook weight 2.4KG with 36 Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack, offers battery life up to 4.5 hours.

Aspire ES1–511 price is Malaysia is RM 999.

[box type=”info”]*Note: Windows 8.1 with Bing is cheaper licensing for PC maker’s low-cost computers that PC maker cannot change the Windows default search engine. User can change the default search engine, anyway.[/box]

New Acer Aspire All-in-One (AIO) series

Acer introduced 3 new Aspire All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers with Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater with 2 build-in stereo speakers:

Acer Aspire U5–620

Acer Aspire U5-620
Acer Aspire U5-620

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M 2GB, BlueRay combo. Feature special hinge that allow it to tilt all the way to flat with only one finger, awarded Computex 2014 d&i (design and innovation) award. Price: RM 3,499

Acer Aspire Z3–615

Acer Aspire Z3-615
Acer Aspire Z3-615

23-inch 1920×1080 display, Windows 8.1, Intel Core i3 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 2,399

Acer Aspire ZC–606

Acer Aspire ZC-606
Acer Aspire ZC-606

19.5-inch 1600×900 display, Windows 8.1 with Bing, Intel Celeron 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVD writer. Price: RM 1,299

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AcerMalaysia

REVIEW: Acer Liquid C1 with Intel Atom Processor is Disappointed

ACER Liquid C1 i110 home screen
ACER Liquid C1 i110 browser loads LiewCF website
ACER Liquid C1 i110 browser loads LiewCF website

Acer Liquid C1 is the first smartphone in Malaysia powered by Intel Atom processor (Z2420 “Lexington”). It is a mid-range smartphoen with retail price RM999 (~USD329). I was curious about “Intel Inside” smartphone, thus I loaned a unit of Acer Liquid C1 for this blog review.

Does Intel Inside make the smartphone fly? Are Android apps compatible? Is it worth to buy? Read on for my review to find out.

What’s in the box?

ACER Liquid C1 i110 Intel Atom Android smartphone package
ACER Liquid C1 i110 Intel Atom Android smartphone package

In the Acer Liquid C1 package, you will find only the minimize items: the smartphone unit, removable battery pack, headset, charger head, microUSB cable, user manual, warranty. Simple, no nonsense.

Design

ACER Liquid C1 i110 (front)
ACER Liquid C1 i110 (front)

On the front, 3 capacitive buttons – back, home, menu – are under the 4.3-inch (960×540) display. Volume control on the right side and microUSB port on the left side.

ACER Liquid C1 i110 - side (microUSB port)
ACER Liquid C1 i110 – side (microUSB port)

Acer Liquid C1 is very slim (10mm) and light (140g). It is plastic build body with silver color border.

ACER Liquid C1 i110 in hand
ACER Liquid C1 i110 in hand

The back cover’s pattern helps to hold the phone in your hand. The rear camera is located at the top center. Acer logo in the center and the famous Intel Inside sticker at the bottom, above phone speaker.

ACER Liquid C1 i110 - Intel Inside
ACER Liquid C1 i110 – Intel Inside

The back cover is a very thin piece of plastic, removing it will expose the slots for battery pack, SIM card, and microSD card.

ACER Liquid C1 i110 inside back cover and battery
ACER Liquid C1 i110 inside back cover and battery

At the top of the phone, the power button is on the left side and 3.5mm audio jack at the right side. The positions are opposite than all the phones I have tried. I don’t know reason behind the design decision but it certain added confusion (pressed audio jack when I wanted to lock phone).

ACER Liquid C1 i110 - Top
ACER Liquid C1 i110 – Top

Features and Problems

Acer Liquid C1 received system update during my review period. It is a 100MB firmware update, but not Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. Anyway, it means Acer is taking phone update seriously and you can expect receiving future updates after purchase.

Acer Liquid C1 firmware update
Acer Liquid C1 firmware update

I would advice you to turn off Acer Liquid C1 auto display brightness setting. When auto brightness is on, the display adjust its brightness too frequently that you can notice it turn bright and dark in a second. It is quite disturbing. Manually set the display brightness does not have the problem.

Though Acer Liquid C1 has 4GB storage space but the system storage menu only reported two partitions and each has 1GB space. Where’s the other 2GB? I have no idea. If you know, please tell us in the comment below.

UPDATE: A reader “LiquidC1User” told us in the comment that, 2GB space is used by the OS. 1GB for apps and 1GB for data.

Acer Liquid C1 storage
Acer Liquid C1 storage

It is rather frustrating because though your phone has enough total free space, but you can not install large size app (1GB+) because the available space has been divided into two smaller partitions.

Acer Liquid C1 equipped with 8MP autofocus rear facing camera and 0.3MP front facing camera. One feature that I found quite convenient is direct sharing to other apps from the Camera app.

Liquid C1 camera app sharing menu
Liquid C1 camera app sharing menu

Nothing to shout about the photo quality. Contrast is low, noise is high. I also found that sometimes the camera’s auto white balance does not work correctly, it is either too reddish or pale.

Acer Liquid C1 camera test: close up
Acer Liquid C1 camera test: close up
Acer Liquid C1 camera test: a bowl of noodle
Acer Liquid C1 camera test: a bowl of noodle
Auto white balance: Liquid C1 vs iPhone 4S
Auto white balance: Liquid C1 vs iPhone 4S (click to enlarge)

The 0.3MP front camera is only good for video calls, still photo is blur and lost details.

Acer Liquid C1 0.3MP front facing camera test photo
Acer Liquid C1 0.3MP front facing camera test photo (no edit, no resize)

The removeable battery pack’s capacity is 2000 mAh. Acer claims that it can provide 9 hours of battery life on single charge. In my test of moderate use (standby most of the time, light gaming, mostly web surfing, facebook-ing, twitter-ing), fully charged Liquid C1 can last from morning to night.

Liquid C1 comes with some pre-installed apps, notably are:

  • Acer Cloud: Acer branded free cloud storage service to store your photos, music, videos, documents and sync across all your computers, phones and tablets.
  • Polaris Office: Allows you to view and edit documents, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF.
Polaris Office and Acer Cloud
Polaris Office and Acer Cloud

OK! Till now we haven’t talk about the Acer Liquid C1 key feature – the Intel Atom processor. Read on to find out the Intel Atom benchmarks.

Intel Atom Inside and Performance

Acer Liquid C1 is powered by 1.2GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2420 and 1GB memory. According to Intel (PDF), Z2420 is built on 32-nanometer process technology and optimized for Android, with intelligent power efficiently of Intel Burst Performance Technology. It provides full HD video hardware-accelerated 1080p decode and encode.

Acer Liquid C1 benchmark
Acer Liquid C1 benchmark

In my test, Liquid C1 scored 9,712 in AnTuTu Benchmark. That’s in between Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S2. In the Quadrant benchmark test, Liquid C1 got 2,525 point. Scored better than LG Optimus 2X.

That is to say, Acer Liquid C1 would not have problem to play most 3D games for Android. You may need to wait for awhile to load the game. It is smooth and no lag in the gameplay.

However, even latest firmware update, I felt sluggish when scrolling web pages in the browser and apps. Not sure if it is an app’s Intel processor compatibility issue or not.

Acer Liquid C1 photo gallery

Here is the Acer Liquid C1 smartphone photo gallery. Click to enlarge.

Verdict

Acer Liquid C1 is the first “Intel Inside” smartphone I tested and it won’t be the last. Intel + Android combo is new, thus I don’t expect it is problem free. As you can read from my review, I had encountered few glitches with Acer Liquid C1.

It may be only the load unit I tested but I could not recommend Liquid C1 to my readers.

Other Android smartphones at similar price range (around RM1000) are Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, HUAWEI Ascend D1 Quad, Lenovo Ideaphone S890.

Pro:

  • Intel Atom processor is interesting
  • Slim and light
  • Pattern back cover is nice to hold
  • Battery life good enough for one day usage

Con:

  • Camera auto white balance is not correct
  • Camera’s photo quality is not up to expectation
  • Auto brightness adjust itself too frequently
  • Sluggish when scrolling web pages
  • Storage space divided into smaller partitions

Rate: 2/5
Price: RM999

➤ Acer Malaysia

I would like to thank ACER for the opportunity to review ACER Liquid C1. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.

Buying a Cheap Windows 8 Touchscreen Notebook Under RM2000

Erin and her Acer Aspire V5

ACER Aspire V5
ACER Aspire V5

This is a true story. I helped my cousin-in-law to buy a Windows 8 touchscreen notebook under RM2000 budget.

My 21-year-old cousin-in-law, Erin, was looking for a new notebook after her ex-notebook’s AMD CPU burned. Knowing I am a tech blogger, she sought for my advice on buying a notebook.

What’s your notebook budget and usage?

When buying a computer, my advices are setting a budget, listing down your computer usage and the “good-to-have” features.

Erin’s budget is under RM2000 (~USD666). She will use the notebook for light tasks such as web surfing, listening music, watching video, plus some office works. A slim and lightweight notebook (Ultrabook) is preferable. Card reader and DVD drive are good to have. Touchscreen is a bonus.

Windows 8 tablet under RM2000

Erin was checking out Windows 8 tablet. Two Windows 8 tablets that’s under RM2000 in Malaysia are Dell Latitude 10(RM1980) and ACER Iconia W5 (RM1699, without keyboard dock).

I don’t recommend Windows 8 tablet to her because, according to her usage, a 13-inch notebook with faster CPU and more disk space is more value for money and more suitable to her.

RM2000 Windows 8 notebooks

We spent hours at Plaza Low Yat surveyed many notebook models of different brands (HP, DELL, ACER, ASUS, LENOVO, etc).

With RM2300, you can buy a decent Windows 8 notebook with Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk + 32GB SSD, and dedicated graphic processor.

That would be the basic of my ideal Windows notebook, but RM2300 has exceeded Erin’s budget. Passed.

There are quite a number of notebooks under RM2000 (Windows 8 and Windows 7) as well. Generally, they have cheaper CPU (AMD, Intel i3, Intel Pentium) and don’t have dedicated graphic processor.

ACER Aspire V5

In the end, Erin decided on ACER Aspire V5. I can felt that she fall in love to the notebook at the first sight. ;)

The notebook is in silver color, it is not metal but feel more tough than cheap notebook plastic body. The keyboard is backlit!

ACER Aspire V5 has a few models. The one I refer here is V5–471P–33214G50Mass (what da genius model name!). It is a slim profile 14-inch Windows 8 notebook powered by Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk. Complete with HDMI port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 ports, VGA and network combo port. Weight about 2.1KG.

Despite the slim body, ACER Aspire V5 has build-in DVD drive! The real surprise is.. dang! dang! 10-points touchscreen! So far, this is the only notebook under RM2000 we checked comes with touchscreen.

You really like to have a touchscreen for Windows 8 user interface.

We bought ACER Aspire V5 (model: V5–471P–33214G50Mass) at RM1900. We also paid RM50 for Acer SuperCare 2-year Extended Warranty (total 3 years warranty for the notebook).

The extended warranty pack priced over RM100 but the shop sold to us at only RM50… That’s a steal!

LiewCF’s Two Cents

Since the Windows 8 release in November 2012, many Windows 8 devices are now available in the market, from budget to luxury.

I was wrong. Windows 8 notebook is not expensive at all.

In this example, the ACER Aspire V5 is basically perfect for students and home users. The touchscreen feature in a budget notebook really make the model stand out from the crowd. Thumb up for ACER!

For myself, I would spend RM300 more to get a higher specs notebook, even it does not have a touchscreen. Notebook with touchscreen is fun but it does not help to improve my productivity like the better hardware.

Have you buy a Windows 8 notebook? Which model and how much? Tell us in the comment.