Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.”
A new drool-worthy Chromebook was just announced by Acer. The Acer Chromebook 13 will be the first ChromeOS device to wield a Tegra K1 processor and with it, boasts a 13 hour battery life. There are two variants of the Chromebook with a few options to choose from.
One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.
Acer continues to grow their Chromebook line, which now includes two new models powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor. The only difference between the two models is the memory. The C720-3871 sports 2 GB of RAM and is priced at $349.99, while the C720-3404 includes 4 GB of RAM for $379.99.
Both devices will also include an 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) display, Intel HD Graphics 4400, stereo speakers, 32 GB solid state drive, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, card reader, and 8.5 hours of battery life.
Acer originally released their “Extend” concept a while ago, allowing users to connect their smartphone to their computer and use it as a dock with a keyboard and a spare battery. But that concept has been completely reimagined.
Extend is now simply an app that users can install on their Windows PC and use to control their phone. It can be connected both wirelessly, or via USB, and once it is connected, the phone screen appears in an emulator box. Users can then drag and drop files onto their device and off of their device. The performance of the app is also good, depending on the phone. Acer is aiming for at least 24 frames per second.
Acer has announced a new 5-inch phone for AT&T — although most of the specs (internals) are expected to be midrange, it still features a full-HD display.
The device will also have an 8MP sensor for its main camera on the back.
We don’t have any pictures or pricing for the device, but it should be pretty inexpensive. Expect more information when AT&T makes the phone official, most likely in the coming weeks.
Keep in mind that this is a pretty rare appearance by Acer on North American shores, as the company has focused mainly on European and Asian markets in the past. This could be Acer testing the waters for perhaps something bigger to come, or it could be simply nothing at all. Stay tuned.
Computex 2014 isn’t until next week, but Acer has decided to make moves before the madness begins.
The company announced its upcoming tablet (for Q3), the Iconia Tab 8, which features a full-HD (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display, Android 4.4 KitKat, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 2GB RAM, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and will come in 16GB and 32GB variants. Both variants have a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well. The tablet is 8.5mm thick and weighs in at 360 grams.
On the UI front, Acer packed in its “Touch WakeApp” feature, which allows users to wake up their device with a touch feature, much like the “Knock On” feature on LG devices.
Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Micro-USB. Pricing and availability were not mentioned, but expect to hear more soon.
At the end of April, Acer indicated they were preparing a couple devices for a summer release, the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and the Acer Liquid Leap fitness tracker. The company has unveiled more information about the Liquid Leap wearable device which will only be sold in conjunction with the Liquid Jade smartphone.
Google and Intel held an event earlier today to talk about Chromebooks. As expected a slew of Chromebooks were introduced. More than 20 to be exact, and the many of them will be powered by Intel’s Bay Trail chips, which should yield 11 hours of battery life.
Manufacturers on hand included Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. Interestingly enough Samsung wasn’t there. Earlier today, we reported about Lenovo’s new N20 and N20p, but they just announced a 64-bit version of the Yoga Chromebook. Last week, Acer teased an upcoming i3 Chromebook, and today it was revealed as the C720. Dell will also offer an i3 Chromebook 11 as well.
Acer introduced the Iconia Tab 7, teased a new smartphone and wearable, but they had one more trick up their sleeve. They showed a new Chromebook that will sport an Intel Core i3 Haswell CPU. Acer is saying that it will be the “most powerful Chromebook on the market.”
Details are scarce, but this new model will be based on the same chassis as the C720 line of 11.6-inch Chromebooks. They will offer 14 and 15-inch models, and the base model should be available this Summer.