Acer, besides launching its triple-SIM supporting Liquid X2 smartphone at its Next@Acer event in New York, has also launched a new Chromebook, three tablets and several notebooks and laptops in the market. The company also unveiled a new all-in-one PC.
The tablets introduced are the Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30), Iconia One 8 (B1-820) and Acer Predator Tablet. While the two Iconia tablets run Android 5.0 Lollipop, there are no details of the Predator's Android version. The new Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531) is said to be available in the US starting July at $199.99, while the Iconia One 8 (B1 - 820) is priced at $149 and will hit the shelves in the same month. The larger Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30) will reach the US and select parts of Europe in May for $299 and EUR 299 respectively. The gaming Predator tablet is however said to not go on sale until Q4 of this year. There are no price details for the tablet or the laptop devices as of now.
The Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531) is a 15.6-inch screen size Chrome OS-based laptop that comes with a 1366x768 pixels resolution. A dual-core Intel Celeron N2830 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM powers the device. In addition, the 16GB inbuilt storage can be expanded up to 128GB via SD card. While the battery capacity has not been mentioned, the laptop is said to run for 11 hours on a single charge. Acer says the laptop, which weighs roughly 2kgs, features the largest touchpad of any Chromebook today. Ports include HDMI, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0, while the laptop also features Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity .
The Acer Iconia One 8 (B1-820) (seen above) tablet is an 8-inch offering by the firm that sports a 1280x800 pixel HD IPS Zero Air Gap display and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. Running on an 1.83GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, the tablet comes in two inbuilt storage variants - 16GB and 32GB - and also delivers 8.5 hours of battery life on single charge. The tablet measures 127.7x213.9x9.5mm, and weigh 355 grams. It has a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera, and 5-megapixel rear camera.
The larger screen sized Iconia Tab 10 (A3-30) (seen above) features a 10.1-inch full-HD (1920x1200 pixels) IPS Zero Air Gap display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and houses an Intel Atom Z3735F (up to 1.83GHz) processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of inbuilt storage variants, the tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and is part of Google Education ecosystem. It measures 260x176x9.7mm, and weighs 540 grams. It features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The company touts 7.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, and NFC connectivity.
The Acer Predator Tablet, part of the company's new Predator lineup of gaming products, features an 8-inch display with front-facing speakers. The specification details of the tablet are scarce for now. However, the device will reportedly include some haptic feedback feature technology.
Moving onto the convertible laptops and notebooks, Acer has launched a several new devices. While Aspire Switch 10 E and Aspire Switch 10 fall under the company's two-in-one category, the Aspire R 11 represents the convertible section, and Aspire V 15, Aspire E and ES Series represent the notebook department of Acer.
Starting with two-in-one detachable laptop-tablet hybrids with Snap Hinges, both the Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013) and Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-015) (seen above) feature 10.1-inch IPS displays, run on Windows 8.1, and are powered by Intel Atom quad-core processors. While the former features a 1280x800 pixel HD resolution, the latter features a 1920x1080 pixel full-HD resolution. The Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-015) comes with 2GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB storage variants. It measures weighs 595 grams for the tablet, and 1180 including the dock, and comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013) comes with a choice of 1GB or 2GB of RAM, and in 32GB and 64GB built-in storage options. It weighs 630 grams for the tablet, and 1200 grams including the dock. It comes with 2-megapixel front and rear cameras. The firm added that it will also be refreshing its Aspire Switch 11 series with a new hinge design, better ergonomics and processing power.
The Acer Aspire R 11 (R3-131T) (seen above) is a new 11.6-inch screen size laptop featuring a 1366x768 pixel HD resolution touchscreen display with Zero Air Gap technology and a 360-degree hinge that lets users keep the laptop in different modes as per their position. It comes with a choice of Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors, and supports up to 8GB of RAM. The Windows 8.1 laptop comes with 500GB of storage, and users have the choice of up to 1TB HDDs. It measures 298x211x20.9mm, and weighs 1.58kg. The device equips a battery delivering up to 8 hours of life on single charge. The laptop, as per the firm, sports a fabric-textured cover along with an underside made using a laser etching process, all of which offers a better grip to users.
The company also introduced the Aspire V 15 (V3-574) laptop, which runs on Windows 8.1. It bears a 15-inch 1366x768 pixel resolution for the 10-point multi-touch display, and a choice of HD and full-HD non-touch displays. It comes with a choice of Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB HDD, or up to 1TB hybrid drive. It weighs 2.4 kgs, and measures 381.6x259x23.9mm. Asus says the battery life is up to 5 hours, while there is an HD webcam onboard.
Acer also unveiled new models in the Aspire E series of laptops, as well as the Aspire ES series. The Windows 8.1-based Aspire E series (Aspire E 14, E 15, E 17) all come with choice of Intel Core, Pentium and Celeron processors, apart from AMD FX and A-series APUs, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM. All three offer up to 2TB HDDs, or up to 1TB hybrid drives. The Aspire E 14 and E 15 both feature touch (HD) and non-touch (HD and full-HD) display options, while the Aspire E 17 only features non-touch 1600x900 and 1920x1080 pixel options.
The Aspire ES series comes in four models, the Aspire ES 11, ES 13, ES 14, ES 15, and ES 17. The Windows 8.1-based laptops come with a choice of Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, and up to 8GB of RAM. the ES 14 and ES 15 models also come with an AMD E1 processor option.
Finally, is the new all-in-one PC from Acer, the Acer Z3-710, which runs Windows 8.1 on a choice of Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7, Intel Pentium, or Intel Celeron processors, and comes with up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM. A discrete GPU option is available as well (Nvidia GeForce 840M), up to 2TB HDD, and features a 23.8-inch full-HD 1920x1080 pixel IPS LED-backlit 10-point multi-touch display.
Other than mobiles, tablets, laptops and notebooks, Acer introduced devices such as LED projector with Intelligent Ambient Light Sensor and curved monitor with Nvidia G-Sync Techology, both of which are claimed to be world's first.
"We believe that asking questions leads to better products," said Jason Chen, Corporate President and CEO of Acer during the launch. "Because by doing so we will have a sound understanding of consumers and as a result, enable us to develop products and solutions that truly echo their needs."