Affordable Quad-Core Acer Liquid Z520: Unboxing, Specs and Initial Impressions #AcerVoiceSelfie 6

Capture! Selfie! Cheese! Touchless picture taking on voice command. The recently launched Acer Liquid Z520 aptly caters to our current wave of selfie generation with its Acer Voice Selfie feature. The quad-core smartphone boasts of a handful of other impressive features which comes in a very affordable price of less than 5 grand. Another feature to watch out for in the Liquid Z520 is the DTS Studio Sound delivers impactful stereo sound with bigger sound field and great vocal clarity.

Acer Liquid Z520 unboxing
Technology: GSM / HSPA
Body Dimensions: 154 x 86 x 6.4 mm (6.06 x 3.39 x 0.25 in)
Weight: 118 g (4.16 oz)
DISPLAY Type: Capacitive touchscreen
Size: 5.0 inches (~57.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels (~187 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch: Yes
PLATFORM OS: Android, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset: Mediatek MT6582M
CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: Mali-400MP2
Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal Memory: 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video: Yes
Secondary Camera: 2 MP
SOUND Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes
– DTS sound
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Radio: Yes
USB micro: USB v2.0
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser: HTML
Java: No
– MP3/WAV/AAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Colors: Black, White

Acer Liquid Z520 launch

Acer Philippines Product Specialist for Mobility Devices I.A. Rosero, Product Director Dio Vazquez and Product Manager for Mobility Devices Jeff Mariano presented the new Acer Liquid Z520 during the bloggers event held in Shangri-la Edsa Mall.
Acer Liquid Z520 box contents

Straight out of the box: the Acer Liquid Z520 unit, charger, earphones, manual and the warranty



Acer Liquid Z520 surely has made a great impression when it comes to better mobile handling. The texture of the unit makes for a better grip, an otherwise usual issue with smartphones. The power and volume rocker are strategically placed on the right side of the phone giving the user yet an added convenience.


Acer Liquid Z520 audio and charger ports

Top view: 3.5mm audio port and microUSB port

Acer Liquid Z520 back

Acer must have focused on the build quality and design of the Liquid Z520. The back texture of the phone reinforces better grip and handling, definitely giving the phone a feel of durability and being less prone to scratches. The body is made of plastic but nothing of the cheap kind.

Acer Liquid Z520 under the hood


Back view sans cover

Acer Liquid Z520 sim card ports

Ports for MicroSD, MicroSIM 1 and MicroSIM 2

Acer Liquid Z520 DTS sound

DTS Studio Sound baby! 🙂

Acer Liquid Z520

Capture! 🙂

Just to give you an idea how the Acer Liquid Z520 takes pictures on voice command.

Acer Liquid Z520 sample shot

The exact photo it took from that voice command. No filter. Just added the watermark. Pretty decent considering that I was multi-tasking two mobile phones.

Switches from rear camera to front camera on “Selfie” voice command. Neat! 🙂
Acer Liquid Z520 voice command sample shot

The exact photo it took. No filter. I just added the watermark and cropped my face. 🙂 That’s 2MP front camera, considering the drape in our bedroom was half closed. Definitely, not bad.

Acer Liquid Z520 also has 3 distinct profiles for different age group users: Basic, Easy and Standard Modes. Acer Snap Note also allows for smart capturing as it enables the user to export slides on .jpg, .pdf and .ppt formats. Sharing presentations or screens was never this convenient and instant. Top notch features meets affordable price.  Acer Liquid Z520 can go head to head with its competition in its price range P4,990.

Meanwhile, check out the Acer Philippines video on their advocacy against bullying.

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