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Trendspotting: Acer kicks off IFA season by putting 4K in a phone and touch on a cheap laptop

on September 2, 2013

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Acer got a headstart on its rivals at this year’s IFA tech show in Berlin by unveiling several new products on Monday, days before most the show’s reveals take place. There’s the usual update to Acer’s roster of devices – new touchscreen displays, new Android tablets, Haswell(s intc) all around – but two things in particular leapt out at me.

4K on a phone

The first was the Acer Liquid S2, a new Android handset that is the first from a major manufacturer to boast 4K video-recording resolution. This is a feature that will supposedly also adorn upcoming smartphones from Samsung and Sony, but it looks like Acer got in there first with an official announcement.

I remain somewhat skeptical about the quality of shooting 4K video on a smartphone, due to the small size of handsets’ camera sensors – generally, more pixels crammed into a sensor results in…

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