Acer Liquid Z530 vs Lava Pixel V1: Choosing a Better Value for Money Smartphone

Acer Liquid Z530 vs Lava Pixel V1: Choosing a Better Value for Money Smartphone
manufacturer Lava joined the Android One program in India with the launch of
the Pixel V1 in July last year. The phone offers decent specifications and is a
value for money offering in the sub-Rs 10,000 price range. There are a handful
of devices available when it comes to competition in the same price range in
India. Acer’s Liquid range of budget smartphones are direct competitor to the
Lava’s Pixel range.

The brand recently launched the budget Liquid Z530 along
with the Liquid Z630s in the Indian market. The Liquid Z530 is smaller than the
Pixel V1, but has quite a few specs in common for a much lesser price tag in
the sub-Rs 7,000 range.

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If you are
looking for a phablet-grade device, then the Pixel V1 is a decent choice. The
Liquid Z530 is for those looking for a compact device with powerful features in
the budget prices. If you are finding it hard to choose among the Lava Pixel V1
and Liquid Z530, let’s compare their specifications to help you choose better.
Acer Liquid Z530 vs Lava Pixel V1: budget
Android smartphones compared
The Lava
Pixel V1’s design is inspired from a few smartphone from the Chinese
manufacturer Vivo. It looks simple, but comes with almost zero bezels on the
display. The phone measures 8.5mm around the waist and weighs 135 grams. The
Acer Liquid Z530 on the other hand comes with rounded corners and features DTS
audio-powered speakers for immersive media experience. It also has the Acer
QuickTouch feature on the back, which allows users to control the device with a
one-finger swipe gesture. This Liquid Z530 is tad thicker than the Pixel V1
with an 8.9mm waistline, and tips the scale higher at 145 grams.
Display and OS
The Liquid
Z530 gets a 5-inch IPS display bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 70 pixels and a
pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. It is smaller and easy to be operated
with a single hand. The Lava Pixel V1 on the other hand gets a much bigger
5.5-inch HD IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 267ppi, and delivers much
better media viewing experience than the Liquid Z530. The Pixel V1 and Liquid
Z530, both smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop. Acer’s record track for
Android updates is not so good, so it won’t be getting the Marshmallow update
any time soon. The Pixel V1 on the other hand is Android One offering, and will
be getting the update software updates for two years, as promised by Google.
The Lava
Pixel V1 utilises a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, coupled with
2GB of RAM and a Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor. The Acer Liquid Z530’s
performance is handled by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, aided
by a Mali T720 MP2 GPU and the same 2GB of RAM. The Liquid Z530 gets 16GB of
internal memory that can be further increased up to 32GB. The Pixel V1 on the
other hand offers best in class 32GB of inbuilt storage that can also be
further increased by inserting a microSD card. Overall, they offer almost
similar performance, but the Pixel V1 gets better internal storage.
The Lava
Pixel V1 comes with a decent 13-megapixel primary camera with autofocus,
back-illuminated sensor, an LED flash and full HD video recording. The Liquid
Z530 gets a less-powerful 8-megapixel autofocus primary camera with an LED
flash, a CMOS sensor, and full HD video recording. For selfies and video
calling, both smartphones offer 8-megapixel secondary snappers. Their camera
apps are also equipped with features like HDR, continuous shooting, Face
Detection, Touch to Focus, and Geo Tagging etc. Overall, the Pixel V1 delivers
better imaging experience than the Liquid Z530.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of
connectivity, the Lava Pixel V1 comes with dual-SIM slots, 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, and A-GPS. The Liquid Z530 on the other hand is a
future-ready 4G LTE-enabled smartphone with dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
and GPS. Coming to the battery, the Liquid Z530 gets a 2,420mAh battery that
delivers up to 12 hours of talk time, while the Pixel V1 is fuelled by a
slightly bigger 2,650mAh battery that delivers up to 20 hours of talk time.

The Lava
Pixel V1 is one of the best smartphones from the brand under the Android One
program. It offers a large display, decent configuration, powerful camera
specifications, latest software features, and a generous amount of internal
memory. However, Lava could have fitted a bigger battery in the device given
its large size. The Acer Liquid
is for those who like compact devices with easy one hand operations.
It offers a bright display, a powerful processor, decent configuration, and a
big battery at an affordable price tag of Rs 6,999. The Pixel V1 is priced much
higher at Rs 11,350 and lacks 4G support, though it’s available on major
retailers for as low as Rs 9,999. 
So which one is your pick? Or do you have any
other device in mind? Share in the comments.