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Acer Liquid Gallant Duo landing in August with rock bottom price and above average specs


Ice Cream Sandwich. 1GHz Processor. 1GB RAM. 4GB Internal Storage. 4.3" QHD Display. 5 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash. Oh, and Dual SIM. Available in white and black. All for <£150? Admit it, you're intrigued aren't you!

The specs above belong to the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo, which is not only the worst named phone in the history of the world, but also an interesting new assault on the low end market from the disappointing-of-late Acer.

The full specs...
  • CPU speed: 1GHz, MTK 6575
  • Platform: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz / Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / (Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)
  • Dual SIM
  • Memory: Internal phone storage: 4GB / RAM: 1GB / microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Display: 4.3-inch touch screen with qHD resolution
  • GPS: Internal GPS antenna
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 3.0 + EDR / Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack / Standard micro-USB
  • Camera: 5 megapixel camera, LED flash
  • Battery: Li-ion battery 1500 mAh
  • Weight: 145 grams with battery
  • Dimensions: (LxWxT): 129 x 65,9 x 9,9 mm
While their recent releases have been underwhelming, I do have fond memories of my original Acer Liquid, despite it's more-flexible-than-a-rubber-band construction.

The big unknown on the spec sheet is the 'MTK 6575', not a CPU i'm familiar with, but it apparently has been shipping out on all sorts of cheap Chinese devices (you know the ones I mean) already.

The ALGD (as it shall now be known) is slated for release 8th August 2012, in both black and white, via Expansys priced at only £148.99!

As the champions of low cost devices, this is a device MoDaCo will definitely keep a keen eye on!

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I'm considering getting one...

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Just taken delivery of a black one. :) I ordered it on Sunday when it was still pre-orders in Expansys and it was delivered about half an hour ago.

First impressions are that it is very responsive but have only just started to explore.

Any questions, fire away.
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Just taken delivery of a black one. :) I ordered it on Sunday when it was still pre-orders in Expansys and it was delivered about half an hour ago.

First impressions are that it is very responsive but have only just started to explore.

Any questions, fire away.


whats the size like compared to the g300, is much bigger or barely noticeable?

whats the screen like?

how many simcards are you using in it?
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Not a big difference in size but it is thinner.Obviously slightly bigger.

Screen looks great.

Am using two sims on Three network. One has voice, text and data and the other has data only. Am having a slight problem as where I live does not have a strong 3g signal so they keep switching to Orange and giving an error message. Currently playing with APN settings.
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Antutu benchmark 3832. My G300 is around 2900.
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Wonder how it compares to Xperia U. Dual core vs single core but 512MB vs 1GB ram.
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The desire X is also bring also some good specs ( 4 inch and dual core s4) for the price (yet unknown but bettween the One v and the desire c), the huawei G330 was anounced today at the ifa same specs as G300 but dual core. But if paul buy an acer liquid gallant it will definitely be a plus for me lol :) (maybe he will root it) .
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As I said before I am trying to use two '3' Sims. I cannot get both to use 3G. One of them always reverts to 2G on the Orange network and shows the roaming symbol even with roaming disabled.
Am I missing something ?
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Sorry to crash this thread but I would love to get one of these --> http://android-sale.com/jiayu-g3.html if people here are also getting one for developing ICS & eventually JB on it?... Although it's great just as it is... It's not quite released for purchasing but when it does, I will assume it will go like the clappers, especially in China!...
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I ordered this phone, and i want to root it.. asi sugestion??
Thanks!
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adrenalize_
Sep 02 2012 09:51 AM

As I said before I am trying to use two '3' Sims. I cannot get both to use 3G. One of them always reverts to 2G on the Orange network and shows the roaming symbol even with roaming disabled.
Am I missing something ?


Sorry if my answer sounds like an answer by the "IT crowd" give me a slap if it does!

I'm assuming that you are not trying to get both SIMs on 3G at the same time as nearly all 3G dual SIM handsets I've seen only do 2G on the second SIM - the ALGD included.

Isn't the roaming setting only for data? On an android phone you usually get the roaming symbol when using just voice.

Technically a 3 SIM does roam when it uses the everything everywhere network. My old Orange sim used to say roaming when using a T-Mobile mast until they merged the networks earlier this year.

My ALGD is winging it's way to me now (from Expansys UK but shipped from France) so I'll be able to have a play next week when it arrives.

I'm using a HTC Desire V dual SIM at the moment (actually a T328w from China - but running the HTC Asia WWE ROM) and I'm like Jekyl and Hyde with it - great size - very thin - usual HTC sense stuff that I like - but very very slow and the bluetooth doesn't work properly with my BMW handsfree! Grrr!

Hope there will be some good community support - I'm fine with stock if it is good - but might like to add some of the HTC features - their dual sim dialler and messaging app is nice as it gives you a send/call button for each SIM instead of a popup menu asking which SIM to use - I have the APK but think it might need more of the HTC system framework to work - and might need root on the ALGD.
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Sorry if my answer sounds like an answer by the "IT crowd" give me a slap if it does!

I'm assuming that you are not trying to get both SIMs on 3G at the same time as nearly all 3G dual SIM handsets I've seen only do 2G on the second SIM - the ALGD included.

Isn't the roaming setting only for data? On an android phone you usually get the roaming symbol when using just voice.

Technically a 3 SIM does roam when it uses the everything everywhere network. My old Orange sim used to say roaming when using a T-Mobile mast until they merged the networks earlier this year.

My ALGD is winging it's way to me now (from Expansys UK but shipped from France) so I'll be able to have a play next week when it arrives.

I'm using a HTC Desire V dual SIM at the moment (actually a T328w from China - but running the HTC Asia WWE ROM) and I'm like Jekyl and Hyde with it - great size - very thin - usual HTC sense stuff that I like - but very very slow and the bluetooth doesn't work properly with my BMW handsfree! Grrr!

Hope there will be some good community support - I'm fine with stock if it is good - but might like to add some of the HTC features - their dual sim dialler and messaging app is nice as it gives you a send/call button for each SIM instead of a popup menu asking which SIM to use - I have the APK but think it might need more of the HTC system framework to work - and might need root on the ALGD.


Thanks for the reply. I don't want to use data on both sims at the same time but my concern is that "3" will block my voice and text sim as it is permanently on the Orange 2G network.

My second "3" sim is data only so I get charged if I use it for text or voice.

I have a small amount of data on my voice and text sim which is why I want to use the data only one for data. (I have 5GB for £8 per month on it. Its very old !)

PS No slap needed. :D

PPS I would be interested in rooting too.
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Sorry to crash this thread but I would love to get one of these --> http://android-sale.com/jiayu-g3.html if people here are also getting one for developing ICS & eventually JB on it?... Although it's great just as it is... It's not quite released for purchasing but when it does, I will assume it will go like the clappers, especially in China!...


Looking only at the specs it's very attractive but aren't you afraid you'll get a crappy phone? I mean the screen resolution won't make it a good screen (colors, angles...), despite the huge battery it could be very poor quality with some half done software and battery drains. And 8 mpx camera in china means often 5 mpx but rename 8, so be carefull!
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adrenalize_
Sep 03 2012 08:11 AM

Thanks for the reply. I don't want to use data on both sims at the same time but my concern is that "3" will block my voice and text sim as it is permanently on the Orange 2G network.

My second "3" sim is data only so I get charged if I use it for text or voice.

I have a small amount of data on my voice and text sim which is why I want to use the data only one for data. (I have 5GB for £8 per month on it. Its very old !)

PS No slap needed. :D

PPS I would be interested in rooting too.


Ah yes - it's been a while since I had a 3 SIM and I forgot they don't like 2G use only. I wonder if they do it based on network records of which cells you log on to - or the IMEI of your handset. That's a nice data plan 5GB for £8! You don't want to loose that one!
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Was going to get an Ascend G300 to replace my San Francisco, but now really tempted by the Gallant as an alternative. How does the build quality, touchscreen, and display compare between them? Thanks!
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Was going to get an Ascend G300 to replace my San Francisco, but now really tempted by the Gallant as an alternative. How does the build quality, touchscreen, and display compare between them? Thanks!

I have both and am currently trying to decide which one to keep. The Gallant comes with ICS whereas we are still waiting on an "official" ICS for the G300.

There is very little to choose between them on build quality but the bigger screen on the Gallant is cool. Also the twin SIMS on the Gallant is a big advantage but only if you can use two sims. Also 1GB ram on the Gallant gives it a bit of oomph.

Overall I think the Gallant is a better bet.

Edit
PS Gallant also has WiFi Direct.
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G300 and Gallant side by side.

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I have both and am currently trying to decide which one to keep. The Gallant comes with ICS whereas we are still waiting on an "official" ICS for the G300.

There is very little to choose between them on build quality but the bigger screen on the Gallant is cool. Also the twin SIMS on the Gallant is a big advantage but only if you can use two sims. Also 1GB ram on the Gallant gives it a bit of oomph.

Overall I think the Gallant is a better bet.

Edit
PS Gallant also has WiFi Direct.


Doesn't the power button on the back of the device makes it annoying to unlock?
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Doesn't the power button on the back of the device makes it annoying to unlock?


Not a big problem. Takes a day or two to get used to it but most mobiles have a different location for the power button.

Fair to say that it is probably not the best location for for it, right beside the camera lens.
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chris_kozani
Sep 04 2012 12:15 PM
Hello.the 2 sims can be used in same time? can you accept calls,receive sms same time from both sims?
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I was looking at a french preview of the liquid gallant on the IFA. The guy said in the video that the device should get a jelly bean update in 3 weeks (video was uploaded today) . His words were " they told us it will be updated in 3 week with jelly bean" gessing "they" means acer. This information should be taken carfully because he also said the device should come out october or november and it's already out so ...
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Looking only at the specs it's very attractive but aren't you afraid you'll get a crappy phone? I mean the screen resolution won't make it a good screen (colors, angles...), despite the huge battery it could be very poor quality with some half done software and battery drains. And 8 mpx camera in china means often 5 mpx but rename 8, so be carefull!

Did you have first hand experience with current Chinese manufactured devices that didn't live up to your expectations?...

Seeing as it was stated somewhere that they changed suppliers for the screen cause they didn't like the ones they initially went for, tells me that they aren't skimping/sacrificing on screen quality, also if they do happen to state that is comes with 8mpix camera but package it with a 5mpix camera wouldn't that mean they are breaking some kind of law?... Or are you trying to say that it will come with a crappy lens no matter how high a mpix camera they put in it?...
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Did you have first hand experience with current Chinese manufactured devices that didn't live up to your expectations?...

Seeing as it was stated somewhere that they changed suppliers for the screen cause they didn't like the ones they initially went for, tells me that they aren't skimping/sacrificing on screen quality, also if they do happen to state that is comes with 8mpix camera but package it with a 5mpix camera wouldn't that mean they are breaking some kind of law?... Or are you trying to say that it will come with a crappy lens no matter how high a mpix camera they put in it?...


No I didn't have any experience with a chinese manufacturer. I'm just saying that to warn you to know what to expect. I mean, a HD screen at this price will not be very good except maybe if this compagny does a device like the blade that was very very good for the price. About the screen that they choose to change I had a different oppinion, that they didn't made enought money on the phone at the end so they went with cheaper (lower quality) screen. About the camera, I looked at some video on youtube of a french seller, and he stated that the 8 mpx were in fact 5 mpx rename in china. I can give you the link if you speak french. At the end I'm not saying this is crap and you should not buy this, I'm just saying that at this price you will get a plastiky phone with terrible screen colors, camera and a GPS that takes about 15 min to find a signal (yeah that's another thing on mediatek chips) I think that liquid gallant suffer from this problem too. But if you ends up buying the device anyway, I'll be happy if you can prove me wrong.
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No I didn't have any experience with a chinese manufacturer. I'm just saying that to warn you to know what to expect. I mean, a HD screen at this price will not be very good except maybe if this compagny does a device like the blade that was very very good for the price. About the screen that they choose to change I had a different oppinion, that they didn't made enought money on the phone at the end so they went with cheaper (lower quality) screen. About the camera, I looked at some video on youtube of a french seller, and he stated that the 8 mpx were in fact 5 mpx rename in china. I can give you the link if you speak french. At the end I'm not saying this is crap and you should not buy this, I'm just saying that at this price you will get a plastiky phone with terrible screen colors, camera and a GPS that takes about 15 min to find a signal (yeah that's another thing on mediatek chips) I think that liquid gallant suffer from this problem too. But if you ends up buying the device anyway, I'll be happy if you can prove me wrong.

Okay, I will take your views/opinions into consideration... I will just have to wait until people ( devs included ) that will get one will entice me to get one as well...
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I was looking at a french preview of the liquid gallant on the IFA. The guy said in the video that the device should get a jelly bean update in 3 weeks (video was uploaded today) . His words were " they told us it will be updated in 3 week with jelly bean" gessing "they" means acer. This information should be taken carfully because he also said the device should come out october or november and it's already out so ...


Can you put a link to the video please???

Thanks!
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