Windows phones have not been able to live up to their expectations. Microsoft tried their best by taking over Nokia and bringing out the Lumia series, but still, Windows Phones are way far behind the smartphones running on Android. There are only a few Windows Phones available in the market. Acer decided to launch a Windows Phone and try their hand with this OS in the eternal hope of attracting Windows Phone lovers. Acer launched Liquid M320 last year, and it runs on OS Windows Mobile 10. This phone does not have much to attract the mobile lovers, but for a low price, it does look like a wonderful phone. It does not support 4G, so this could be one of the setbacks as the world is moving fast towards LTE from 3G network. The Acer Liquid M320 has a 4.5 inch IPS LCD, with 218 ppi pixel density. The phone comes in two models. One supports single SIM and the second one is capable of dual SIM standby. It is a budget phone with average specs. There is only 8GB of internal memory, and the capacity of RAM is 1GB. However, the chipset and other configurations seem alright for it. They are not impressive, but just okay to run smoothly. Let us see in detail what this Windows Mobile from Acer promises to offer.
It is a mini sized smartphone with 4.5-inch screen. The dimensions of Acer Liquid M320 are 136mm x 66.5 mm x 9.5 mm, and it weighs 142 grams. The design of this phone is quite simple. It is made up of a plastic body, as expected. Though it does have that brushed metal effect on its back panel; it looks good. There are no buttons on the front. The front part has an earpiece hole at the top, just like other Liquid series phones from Acer. On the right side of the earpiece, there is the proximity sensor and the front camera. Below the display, there is the Acer logo. On the right-hand side, there is the volume rocker at the top, and the rest of the right side is left blank and so is the case with the left-hand side.
Surprisingly, the power key is at the top, which was normal 4-5 years back, but not now. It feels inconvenient to use the power key on the top. The audio jack is beside the power button, and the micro USB port for data transfer and charging is located at the bottom. On the back, the primary camera is placed at the top center. The single LED flash is just below the camera. There is also a secondary mic for noise cancellation just beside the primary camera. At the center part of the back panel, there is a bigger Acer logo from the front one. At the bottom part, the speaker grill is provided. It is also circular in shape, just like other Liquid series phones. The phone is available in two colours: Black and White.
The display used in Acer Liquid M320 is a 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It has the resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, and the pixel density stands at 218 ppi. The screen is capable of 16 million colours, and also supports multi-touch.
The phone runs on Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 chipset, with a quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex A7 processor. It is backed by 1GB of RAM. The GPU used is Adreno 304. With these specs and the kind of display used, the performance of this phone is quite decent. It could have been better with 1.5 GB of RAM because the phone starts to lag while using some heavy apps. The gaming aspect is just okay. You can play casual games easily, but while playing heavy games, the phone started to have some hiccups. As the phone offers multi-touch, you can play all types of games, but not the heavy ones. Overall, the performance is up to the mark with such specs. You cannot expect a budget device to perform like a mid-range device or outperform other top tier devices.
The phone runs on Microsoft Windows 10 which is the latest from Microsoft. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card.
There is nothing much to say about the cameras as the cameras used in Liquid M320 are pretty much basic. The primary camera is a 5-megapixel snapper, which is accompanied by a single LED flash. The primary camera has autofocus as well. The camera quality is average. Indoor pictures are not up to the par, and outdoor pictures aren’t much impressive too. At the front, there is a 2 megapixels front camera, which you can use to make Skype calls. The camera app is also quite basic; it has features like Geo-tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), ISO control and Self-timer.
The battery used in Liquid M320 is a 2000mAh Lithium-ion battery. The battery is removable. It does look like a small battery, but according to the configuration and specifications of the phone, it is perfect. With normal usage, you can easily squeeze more than 24 hours of backup from it. Also, the Microsoft Windows 10 is efficient, and will surely save some extra battery for you.
It is a dual SIM phone with a separate microSD card slot. The phone does not support 4G and is limited to 3G connectivity. Other connectivity options are WiFi; Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP; GPS with A-GPS; FM Radio and microUSB v2.0. There are two sensors used: Accelerometer sensor and Proximity sensor.