The Acer Liquid S1 can be yours for CA$379, off contract

Acer's Liquid smartphones have come in unlocked flavors to Canada. The Acer Liquid S1, Liquid Z3, and Liquid Z5 are now available at retailers across the land of moose and maple, and bring with them low prices and specs to match. They're not the latest and greatest from Acer, but they're cheap.

Normally, seeing a smartphone for CA$119 isn't terribly exciting — if that's the on-contract price. But Canadians can now grab a phone like the Acer Liquid Z3 for that price off contract. Granted, for that much you aren't getting a terribly exciting phone, what with its 3.5-inch 480x320 screen, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and 3MP fixed-focus camera. But that's what you can expect when you start dipping down this low, even though the Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 520 clocks in at even cheaper with notably better specs.

Moving upmarket is the Liquid Z5 at CA$199, bumping up to a 5-inch 480x854 display and a 5MP autofocus camera, plus a front-facing camera that's not available on the lesser Z3.

Topping the Acer unlocked range in Canada is the Liquid S1. CA$379 gets you a 5.7-inch 1280x760 display melded with zero air gap to the front glass, an 8MP autofocus camera with 1080p video support. Inside is a 1.5Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB for storage (plus MicroSD expansion). It measures in at a reasonable 9.5mm thick.

All three Acer Liquid phones come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with what look to be light customizations by Acer (good thing, considering the low-end specs), and top out radio-wise with HSPA+, there's no LTE to be had here. But that's what you get at prices like this.

Those interested can grab a Canadian-flavored Acer Liquid Z3, Z5, or S1 at the Acer online store, and possibly from other retailers in Canada, though we've yet to find any that fit that description.