We were at Acer’s global New York launch this afternoon for a glimpse at its funky tablet/laptop hybrid and new wearable tech, the Acer Liquid Leap.
Acer launched its flexible new Aspire Switch 10 tablet/laptop hybrid in New York today, which can quickly switch between four different positions, as well as some affordable tablets, and we also had a sneak peek of its first bit of wearable tech, a lightweight wrist band that can pair with your mobile devices and do everything you’d expect, including fitness tracking.
Acer Aspire Switch 10
Is it a tablet? Is it a laptop? The Aspire Switch 10 is kind of both, and a full Windows 8.1 device to boot. The Aspire Switch 10’s screen can be used stand-alone as a tablet, or connected to a bundled keyboard dock, forming a standard laptop. You can also bend the keyboard right back and prop the screen up at an angle (known as ‘tent mode’), good for watching movies. That’s thanks to the magnetic ‘Acer snap hinge’ which allows the screen to be quickly and cleanly removed and replaced in either direction, either facing the keyboard or facing away.
The 10.1-inch IPS display has zero air-gap, meaning the screen is almost flush with the glass surface, and it certainly seems to be bright and colourful from the brief demo we witnessed. The 1366 x 768 pixel resolution sadly won’t make the most of your HD movies, however.
At 585g, the tablet/screen section is just about manageable one-handed, and a total 1.2kg weight when combined with the keyboard dock makes the Aspire Switch 10 pretty portable.
There’s a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, either 32GB or 64GB of storage space, and Acer reckons you’ll enjoy up to 8 hours of battery life between charges. Check back for a full hands-on review later today.
Acer affordable tablets
Acer also launched some new tablets, including the affordable Iconia One 7, a slim, lightweight 7-inch tablet that runs Android 4.2 and comes in ten different colours. The Iconia One 7 has a front (0.3-megapixel) and rear (2-megapixel) facing camera and a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor for low-powered battery-saving performance. The screen packs a respectable 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
The Iconia Tab 7 tablet will come in at a more premium price, as it boasts a more premium aluminium design and 3G SIM support, so you can browse the web anywhere or place calls with a Bluetooth headset. The Iconia Tab 7 runs Android KitKat and packs an IPS display (with the same 1280 x 800 pixel resolution), front and rear cameras and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
Acer Liquid Leap wrist tech and smartphone preview
Acer also gave us a sneak peek of its very first wearable device, the Acer Liquid Leap, a wrist strap that comes in a variety of colours and pairs with your smartphone. Like other wearable tech such as the Samsung Gear Fit, you can keep track of your exercise sessions and so on. The wrist strap will launch this summer, and it should come bundled with Acer’s upcoming Liquid J smartphone in select markets.
Acer gave us a brief glimpse of the Liquid J too. This 5-inch smartphone rocks a curved design that’s sculpted to fit inside your palm. Expect to see the Acer Liquid J launched fully at the end of July.
Acer Build Your Own Cloud
Acer also bigged up its ‘Build Your Own Cloud’ service, offering a simple way to store all of your media online. All of Acer’s new mobile devices support the Build Your Own Cloud service, although there was no mention of how much (if anything) the BYOC would cost.