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Acer Unveils First Core i3 Chromebook, Laptops, Tablets and More

by Todd Haselton | April 29, 2014April 29, 2014 10:00 am PDT

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Acer CEO Jason Chen unveiled several new products during a press conference in New York City on Tuesday. Chen also discussed his plans to continue to turnaround Acer and to rebuild its name in the tech industry. He said the company focused on two things, including finding its strengths and utilizing them, and focusing on new opportunities in the market. To help it achieve those goals, Acer unveiled new laptops, a new Chromebook, new tablets and more.

One product unveiled Tuesday is the Acer Aspire Switch 10, a laptop/tablet hybrid device that runs Windows 8.1 and sports a full keyboard. It has four different positions and a special magnetic hinge, called the Acer Snap Hinge, that allows you to position the device in four positions including display, tent, tablet and laptop modes. It sports a 10.1-inch display and runs on an Intel processor.

Another announcement is the Acer Iconia One7, 7-inch tablet that will launch in 10 colors and operates, like the Aspire Switch 10, on an Intel processor. Another device, the Iconia Tab7, has a 7-inch display, a quad-core processor, front and back cameras, an aluminum chassis and runs Android. Also, it includes support for 3G connectivity for data networks and for placing phone calls.

Acer also unveiled the Aspire U5 all-in-one, a Windows computer with a huge 23-inch IPS display, a front-facing HD camera with a wide-viewing angle. The device converts between a massive tablet and an all-in-one computer.

On the Windows notebook front, Acer unveiled the E Series of 15-inch notebook computers. The company said it will offer both AMD and Intel processors, various panel options including touch or non-touch, glare or non-glare panels, HD or non-HD options to keep the cost down and more. The PCs offer up to 7 hours of battery life. They will launch in 5 colors. There’s also a 14-inch Acer E14 computer with Intel processor, six color options. Finally, there’s an E 11 family of notebooks that offer a much smaller 11-inch display and is capable of running without a fan.

Acer also unveiled the “most powerful Chromebook on the market,” which sports a Core i3 processor — the first in the industry. The company did not discuss specs, pricing or a release date for its new Chromebook.

On the smartphone front, Acer introduced the Acer Liquid J. Acer warned that it’s still a very young product, about three months until launch, and didn’t reveal much about the phone during its press conference other than its 5-inch display.

What about wearables? Acer said it’s working on that front, too. It showed off a new activity and lifestyle tracker named Acer Liquid Leap, similar to the Fitbit Force, but it will also offer some smartphone functionality, too. It will launch in limited markets and will most likely be bundled with the Acer Liquid J sometime around the end of July or August. The device that was unveiled on stage was not a working unit.


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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