It is notable that the NFC bandwagon came to light after the announcement of Galaxy Nexus S. Due to the seen potentials of contactless payment system, this technology seems to be given attention recently. Acer finally joins the list of NFC enabled devices when it recently launched the Acer Liquid Express, its first NFC smartphone. We can expect new NFC phones from Acer as the company promises that the Liquid Express won’t be the last.
Starting Monday, November 28, 2011, the Liquid Express will be officially available on Orange and T-Mobile in the UK. Orange offers it £20.50 per month on 2-year contract. T-Mobile offers it at £15.32 per month, also on a 2-year contract.
The Acer Liquid Express is an Android smartphone with 3.5-inch display. It might not get into the list of Android 4.0 phones though as it has the Android 2.3 running on it and no reports yet that it can be upgraded to the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Another reason we won’t expect it to get the Android 4.0 is due to its 800MHz processor that seems to lag behind from the 1.2GHz dual-core of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone.
The Liquid Express 3.5-inch display has a resolution of 320x480 pixels. The frame dimensions are (115) x (60.8) x (13.4) and it weighs 4.76 oz. It has a 2GB of storage courtesy of a microSD card – can be upgraded up to 32GB. The camera has 5-Megapixel resolution and comes with LED flash.
NFC has been getting a lot of attention recently, noticeably driven by Galaxy Nexus of Samsung. The rumored iPhone 5 is also reported to get an NFC chip. It is expected that more smartphones will get NFC in the future.
NFC stands for Near Field Communication. Its main use is seen on the field of wireless payment transactions between two devices at a close proximity – the client’s smartphone and the merchant’s payment gateway. Clients can store their credit card details on their NFC enabled devices and use it instead of the actual card. NFC is expected to penetrate the US and UK markets.