Acer’s Newly-Announced Liquid S2 is the First Smartphone to Shoot 4K Video


The ability to shoot 4K video is usually reserved for higher-end cameras, but that’s all changing. Just like ultra-high pixel counts made their way onto smartphones with Nokia’s 808 PureView and Lumia 1020, 4K video has now infiltrated the mobile device world as well.

All rumors up till now pointed towards Samsung being the first to introduce 4K video recording to the world of smartphones with its upcoming Galaxy Note III, but it wasn’t Samsung that made the leap first. Instead, Taiwanese rival Acer beat Samsung to the punch by unveiling the 6-inch Liquid S2 to the world earlier today.

The 5.7-inch precursor to the S2, the Liquid S1.

The 5.7-inch precursor to the S2, the Liquid S1.

The formidable phone boasts a 6-inch 1080p IPS display, a Snapdragon 800 processor and an extremely capable camera. The shooter packed inside features a 13MP backside illuminated sensor that’ll be helped by an LED ring flash in low-light environments. The camera’s most impressive capability, however, is without a doubt the ability to record Ultra-HD 4K video.

Additional camera features are built into the software side of things. Users will be able to use the Quick First Shot feature to take photos from the lock screen, and the Favorite Mode will let you create up to five “profiles” with customized effects, flash, capture mode and scenes. You can also adjust focus and exposure individually.

The Liquid S2 isn’t likely to hold the title of “only 4K-capable smartphone” for long, since the Galaxy Note III is expected to be announced on September 4th. But for 2-days time, it’ll be the only one.

Neither pricing information nor a US release date have been made available at this time, but Acer has revealed that it will release the S2 in Europe sometime in October.

(via The Verge)

  • Leon Brown

    But with a tiny sensor it can’t be that great anyway..

  • JoeNoName

    Go and read facts about RX100. Many seem to agree its almost APS-C quality

  • Leon Brown

    I’m a fan of the RX100 – I was going to buy one until I found the Sony NEX was cheaper, an APS-C camera.
    I think the jump between a Canon 1DC-4K style sensor and a smartphone sensor is a little bigger, however.

  • matt jones

    give the public megapixels, and the rest of us will pine for dynamic range, colour bit depth, and high transfer rate codecs.

  • Joe
  • Rabi Abonour

    I appreciate attempts to push the limits of technology, but I struggle to see much use for a 4k-capable smartphone. I guess maybe you’ll be able to record at a 1080 crop, which would give you a nice zoom.

  • Whatevs

    It lets you pull 8 megapixel stills from a video, why you would want to do that from a cell phone though is beyond me. Impromptu fashion shoots maybe?

  • Alex_Atkin_UK

    Because its always better to record in a higher detail than your target render.

    So recording in 4K then down-sampling to 1080p in post should look MUCH better than native 1080p.

    There is also YouTube where watching 4K footage on a 1080p monitor nets you almost decent 1080p quality, compared to their horribly restrictive bitrate for native 1080p content.