Acer has always been adept at releasing budget-friendly devices that still pack a punch, and the newly-announced Liquid Z500 is no different. The device features a 5-inch IPS display of an undetermined resolution and an 8MP rear camera. Its real claim to fame, however, is “CD quality audio” and front-facing stereo speakers that take advantage of DTS Studio Sound technology.
During their time on the stage at IFA 2014 today, Acer took the opportunity to unveil a couple new Android powered tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is a 10.1-inch display device that incorporates Zero Air Gap technology and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. Acer says the device has an anti-fingerprint coating applied to help keep it smudge free. The Iconia Tab 10 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat in either black or white.
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.”
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.