Acer’s Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, has quietly cropped up at the company’s site, confirming the smaller slate and promising a full eight hours of runtime. Rumored since April, the Acer Iconia W3-810 is now listed on the company’s Finnish site, running full Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Atom Z2760 processor
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Ever since Acer’s Linxian Lang said that Microsoft would eat “hard rice” for building its own Windows RT hardware, the company has treated the operating system with something bordering on contempt. When asked about Acer’s long-gestating RT device, Acer president Jim Wong said “to be honest, there’s no value doing [hardware for] the current version of RT.” Given the underwhelming interest in RT gear that other companies have reported, we’re not sure if Wong’s comments qualify as a sick burn or merely kicking an adolescent piece of software when it’s down.
Acer is waiting for the next version of Windows RT, due in the second half of this year, before deciding whether to release a tablet that runs on that OS.
Yesterday, we heard yet another rumor that Microsoft is working on a sub-10-inch tablet, something we heard before that back in April. The rumor yesterday said that Microsoft would be rolling out a 7.5-inch tablet early next year, but it looks like we might not have to wait that long to see a small-display Windows
When was the last time you talked about Acer? Never? Me too. The company, which is the fourth largest PC maker in the world by the way, announced the Acer Aspire R7 this morning. It’s a mighty morphing Windows 8 portable. Like the Lenovo Yoga, it features versatile hinges that allow the computer to take different forms.
The Aspire R7 is not the next big thing. No one is going to buy this thing. But that’s probably just fine.
Acer plans to release a Windows RT tablet this year as it looks to aggressively expand its lineup of mobile devices, including smartphones.
Acer has outed a pair of new Android smartphones, the Acer Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2, ahead of Mobile World Congress, each running 1GHz processors and targeting the entry-level point of the market. The Liquid E1 is fronted by a 4.5-inch qHD display and will have a dual-SIM option, with a 1GHz dualcore processor, stereo
Introducing the first two handsets of Acer’s 2013 line-up: the Liquid E1 and the Liquid Z2. The company formally announced the Liquid E1 last month, but with Mobile World Congress around the corner, the mid-range phone just got official for the European market. The E1 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and runs Jelly Bean on a 4.5-inch qHD display — and, notably, it will be available in both dual- and single-SIM configurations. Acer is marketing the E1 as a multimedia-friendly handset, and accordingly it includes two speakers with DTS Sound, plus “Float” software that prevents notifications from popping up when you’re watching videos.
The Liquid Z2, on the other hand, is an entry-level handset with a dual-core 1GHz CPU and a 3.5-inch HVGA screen. It runs Jelly Bean with an optional interface that mimics a feature phone’s home screen. Like the E1, it’s available with one or two SIM cards, and you have your choice of a 3-megapixel or 5-MP camera.
Pricing isn’t set in stone, but Acer told us the Liquid E1 will be in the €199 to €229 range, while the Z2 should cost between €99 and €129. Both phones will first go on sale in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Ukraine, with availability in Italy, Russia and the UK coming later. We’ll deliver the hands-on goods in Barcelona, but for now you can peruse the press info after the break.
Acer Hits Smartphone Market with Launch of Liquid E1 and Z2
BARCELONA, (Feb. 20, 2013) —Acer will be showcasing the first two smartphones of its 2013 line-up targeted at feature phone upgraders, first-time and multimedia users at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Featuring a new industrial design in pearl white and carbon black and dual SIM cards(1) the Acer Liquid E1 and Z2 complements the company’s mobile footprint and reinforces Acer’s commitment to the smartphone market.
Acer Liquid E1: Cinema Experience with Dual Speakers
Targeted at multimedia users the Liquid E1 features a large 4.5-inch qHD display(2), powerful dual-core processor, optional dual SIM cards(1) and two speakers to smoothly handle multimedia and communication at the same time. The unique Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls or messages by taking over the full screen while using apps or watching videos. Instead, a Float Caller notification window pops up and lets users take calls or reply with quick messages.
Liquid E1 also features an impressive dual-speaker system and DTS Sound[TM] for enhanced audio with volume maximization, so users can freely enjoy music stored locally or streamed from their PC through AcerCloud. The integrated Moodagent creates music playlists based on an individual’s mood or uses songs from the library to create playlists that not only matches a person’s mood, but also a specific taste in music. The zero shutter delay camera captures images momentarily and snaps fast-action sequences with 4-, 8- and 16-burst shooting.
Liquid Z2: Your gateway to the world of Smartphones
The Liquid Z2 features a quick mode navigation tool and a fast 1 GHz processor offering first-time users and feature phone upgraders a fluid first time experience. The Android OS learns users’ habits and has a very intuitive interface with large icons. It’s easy to operate and makes Internet browsing, photography, and listening to music a breeze, especially with the support of AcerCloud. The versatile 3MP or 5MP camera launches in just 1 second, offers panoramic and multi-angle modes, plus continuous shooting (up to 99 shots) to capture precious moments. SRS Sound[TM] immerses users in excellent mobile audio with greater clarity and deeper bass. The enhanced sound is echoed by rhythmic design features including rippling lines along the smartphone’s edges. The optional dual SIM cards(1) gives users all the convenience of having two mobiles in one and a great way of saving money by combining two different rate plans or services.
Easy to Share Files and Media
Acer smartphones also support AcerCloud, a file sharing and media management solution that lets users easily retrieve, enjoy and share their multimedia and data files using a variety of computing devices. AcerCloud simplifies management of digital assets across mobile devices, regardless of platform, and is free on new Acer products.
Price and Availability
The Liquid E1 and Z2 will be available to buy in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine followed by Russia, UK and Italy across selective, retail-, telco-, and online channels. Additional information is available at www.acer.com.
Visit Acer at Pepcom on February 24 and at MWC at Hybrid Hall – Hall 3, stand 3C154 from February 25 – 28.
Acer Liquid E1 features and specs:
Network: 3G 900/2100 MHz, 2G 850,900,1800, 1900 MHz
Display: 4.5″ qHD (960 x 540) with IPS
Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera: 5MP AF with flash LED + 0.3MP front
Speakers: Dual speakers
Additional features: FM Radio, Float Caller, Mood Agent, DTS Sound[TM], Acer UI 5.0, AcerCloud,
Google Search, Google Gallery/Music, Gmail, Gtalk, Google
Play Store, YouTube,Polaris Office Editor, Swype text input
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, Dual SIM¹
Sensor: Accelerometer, e-compass, light, proximity
Memory: 4GB ROM(4) + 1GB RAM, micro-SD
Dimension: 132 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 130g
Battery: 1760 mAh
Acer Liquid Z2 features and specs:
Network: 3G 900/2100 MHz, 2G 850,900,1800, 1900 MHz
Display: 3.5″ HVGA (480×320)
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera: 3MP or 5MP
Additional features: FM Radio, Quick Mode, Google Search, Google Gallery/Music, Gmail, Gtalk, Google Play Store, Google maps, YouTube, SRS Sound[TM], Swype text input
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, Dual SIM¹
Sensor: Accelerometer, light, proximity
Memory: 4GB ROM(4) + 512MB RAM, micro-SD
Dimension: 110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm, 110g
Battery: 1300 mAh
This week the folks at Acer have brought on a new H6 series of monitors, made to be the company’s newest and best in both hardware quality and media delivery. These monitors come in two sizes: 21.5-inch and 23-inch, with Full 1080p HP IPS panels delivering viewing angles up to 178 degrees – hot stuff!
Today we’re going to be taking a look at the new Acer Predator AG3260 gaming PC. While “gaming PC” and “Acer” may not be two terms you immediately associate with one another, Acer has impressed in the past, and is now looking to wow consumers with its Predator G series of computers. In fact, we’ve
Acer is expected to reveal a new Chromebox to follow on from its low-cost C7 Chromebook laptop, putting Google’s Chrome OS in a compact desktop form-factor. The cloud-centric slab (only a mockup shown here, since no official images have leaked yet) contains Inte’s 2.7GHz Pentium G630 processor and 2GB of memory, François Beaufort reports, along with
What does it mean for the global market?
Much of the conversation about tablet computing revolves around price. Last year, the release of the Kindle Fire at a considerably lower price than the iPad was hailed as a “game-changer”; if that was so, it could be doubly true of Acer’s $ 99 offering, which the Wall Street Journal’s Eva Dou reported on this week–particularly for the developing world.
retroworks writes “In August 2011, Acer Chairman JT Wang declared that the consumer affection for tablets had already begun to cool, basically labeling it a fad. What a difference a year (and a half) makes. Acer now plans to introduce a ‘category killer’ $ 99 tablet. ‘In the past few months, we’ve made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market,’ according to a source at the Wall Street Journal. ‘The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing.’ Acer is aiming the new tablet at emerging markets, competing with Chinese ‘white box’ tablets (already available in Shenzhen at $ 45 each).”
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Acer may be something of a leaky ship. Just days after we saw the supposed V360 smartphone pose for the camera, a possibly related V350 model has reportedly shown up in GLBenchmark’s results. Despite the lower number in the naming scheme, the device put through testing looks to be the higher-end of the two. It jumps to a 720p screen, a speedier 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and even a slightly newer Android 4.1.2 build of Jelly Bean. Without a peek at other details, we don’t know what else if anything might be upgraded over the V360, or if this is indeed a real device — benchmarks aren’t definitive proof, after all. If history is an indicator, though, we could get full details of the V350 near Mobile World Congress in February, like with past devices. We just hope Acer is timelier about actually getting to market this time around.
Via: Phone Arena
It would appear that the folks at Acer have had a bit of a leak in more ways than one this week with a brand new smartphone popping up in the GLBenchmark listing environment complete with nearly all of its hardware specifications. The device goes by the code-name V350 and unless a higher-powered device appears
If you’re absolutely stuck on not spending a penny more than $ 199 on a laptop, then you’ve probably had your eye on Acer’s C7 Chromebook. The barebones machine won’t be taking home any awards for performance, battery life or build quality this holiday season, but it does fit the bill at just shy of 200 bucks, including 100 gigs of Google Drive storage for the first two years (a $ 120 value). NewEgg, TigerDirect and Staples.com have now joined the ranks of proud C7 distributors, in addition to Google Play and Best Buy, giving you a few more e-tailer options to choose from when it comes time to hand over your pair of Franklins for the 3.05-pound “stocking stuffer.”
The Acer C7 Chromebook is the most recent addition to the Chromebook universe and one of Google’s chosen few to be featured on their very own Chomebook portal. This device sits aside the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook as one of three (the other being a slightly higher-powered Samsung Chromebook 550.) This device reduces the baseline
The larger of the two big-hitters in the Acer Aspire S7 series Ultrabooks sits here on our desk like a high-powered glass-covered knife, ready to bring the best we’ve seen in touchscreen-toting Windows 8-optimized notebook action to the market. This machine has been delivered to our doorstep in its most powerful configuration, all $ 1,649 USD
Acer has started shipping the C7 Chromebook netbook starting at US$ 199 with Google's Chrome OS and Intel's Celeron processor.
It’s been a while since we last took a look at a smartphone from Acer. Today’s offering — the S500 CloudMobile — however, might not be all that unfamiliar, having first met our eyes way back at MWC in spring. This time around Acer presents us with a leaner, slicker, much more design-conscious handset, one that isn’t just about the pretty looks, either.
With a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a 720p display, all for £289 SIM-free, it’s pitched against similarly specced phones like the HTC One S. In short, it’s yet another alternative for people seeking a full-featured smartphone, except it comes without the pocket-draining price tag. More importantly for Acer, however, is the chance to get back onto people’s smartphone radars. So, now that the CloudMobile has gently drifted over our shores, does it have us looking to the sky, or putting on our raincoats of indifference? Read on to find out.
Gallery: Acer CloudMobile review
Acer revealed a new ad campaign starring Hollywood celebrity Megan Fox — and announced delays to a Windows RT tablet, likely due to concerns raised by Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
Acer is no stranger to airing its skepticism of Microsoft Surface, but the company is now adopting caution as the name of the game for its own Windows RT tablets. In an interview with Reuters, company president Jim Wong told the outlet that Acer would deliver its own RT-based tablet no earlier than Q2, as it’s now monitoring how Microsoft’s own hardware fares in the marketplace. According to Wong, Acer had previously targeted a Q1 debut. As it lets Microsoft serve as the canary in the coal mine, Acer will continue to focus on its full-fledged Windows 8 hardware, as well as develop and refine its own RT offering. “I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do,” Wong said. “We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers… We don’t know… We want to see.”
Acer has outed a pair of new all-in-one PCs, freshly tuned to handle Windows 8′s finger-friendly touchscreen interface, along with some touchscreen displays for those wanting to get in on the digit action. The Acer Aspire 5600U and 7600U desktops pack a 23-inch and 27-inch touchscreen respectively, each running at Full HD resolution, and are
Google responded to allegations it stopped the launch of a new Acer smartphone in China, by stating that the handset's Chinese-developed mobile OS was "apparently derived" from Android, but still not fully compatible with the Android ecosystem and its apps.
Just yesterday Acer was getting ready to unleash its CloudMobile smartphone on the Chinese public sporting an equally local (and equally not Android) Aliyun operating system. According to Reuters, however, when journalists turned up for the launch event today, an Alibaba (who make Aliyun) spokesperson told them the launch had been cancelled, before later releasing a statement saying Acer had received pressure from Google to pull the launch. The competing OS manufacturer claims that the Acer was told product collaborations and Android authorization would cease if the product was released. So far Google has declined to comment, but if true, represents some significant strong arming, in what is clearly a significant market. We have reached out to Google for comment ourselves. More as we know it.
The first round of Windows 8 tablets and laptops coming out later this year will be "just the beginning" of a range of form factors and styles that will evolve as the operating system matures, according to the president of a major Taiwanese computer maker.
Over in Berlin at IFA 2012, the folks at Acer have revealed their next-generation Ultrabook lineup by the name of Aspire M3 touch. This lineup improves on their Ultrabook offerings thus far with a 10-point touch display optimized for Windows 8. The Acer Aspire M3 touch is just 22mm thin and weighs in at 2.3kg,
Acer first detailed their new Aspire V5 series earlier this year back in March, claiming to offer better laptops over previous generations all while managing to be around 30% thinner than previous models and other laptops in the price range. Now that Acer’s rolled out the lineup to retail stores we’re taking a look at
Acer’s itchy trigger-finger has caused it to launch two new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones before IFA kicks off next week. The Liquid Gallant comes in single (Solo) and dual-sim (Duo) variants, packing a 1GHz MT6575, 1GB RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD capacitive display, 5-megapixel camera and a 1,500mAh battery. It’ll include 4GB on-board storage, which can be bolstered with microSD up to 32GB, there’s 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR. The budget-nature of the specs gives us hope that it’ll be moderately priced when the Duo arrives in September, rapidly followed by its single-sim kid brother — with both available in “Gentle Black” and “Ceramic White.”
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Acer rose a place to become the world’s third biggest PC maker this quarter, with net profits rising to $ 14.48 million, up from $ 11.2 million last quarter. It’s the second positive period since it ended 2011 with a $ 212 million loss, but the financial crises in the US, Europe, China and Asia Pacific all hampering its recovery. Like many of its PC brethren, it’s pinning hopes on Windows 8 to spark a buying frenzy, but thanks to tight margins, only expects profits to be “on par” with those it’s just announced.
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Acer does plan to produce Windows RT devices at some point, according to a company spokeswoman.
Acer has renewed its commitment to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, with chairman JT Wang saying that the company’s criticisms of Microsoft’s Surface don’t mean it is ditching its Windows slate plans. The company made headlines after criticizing Microsoft’s own-brand hardware, arguing that the tablets would “create a huge negative impact” to the Windows ecosystem. Now, DigiTimes reports, Wang
Acer’s Aspire S7 will hit store shelves at the end of September, spending a few weeks with Windows 7 before being refreshed with Windows 8. The new ultraportable will be priced from £1,149.99 ($ 1,465) in the UK, Acer confirmed to SlashGear this morning, with an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and 128GB of SSD
With dozens and dozens of Ultrabooks on parade, you’d be forgiven if one skinny laptop with an ultra-low voltage processor started to look like the next. Even so, it’s tough to forget the Acer Aspire S5: of all the ultraportables we’ve seen these last nine months, this is the only one with a motorized port cover. Yeah, that one. It’s an intriguing product, to be sure, and the stakes are especially high given that $ 1,400 price: you’d have to really enjoy that form factor (and everything else) to choose it over some less expensive ultraportable. So is it worth it? Is that drop-down door anything more than a gimmick? Questions for the ages, and ones we’ll tackle in our full review after the break.
Gallery: Acer Aspire S5 review
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Let’s have a peek at the Acer Aspire S5, the ultrabook with the mechanical “MagicFlip” dish in the back with ports that whirrs out when you need to plug in and don’t need all that pesky space this near-thinnest on the market notebook works with. It’s just 0.6-inches when it’s all folded up, and pressing
Acer is offering a free upgrade to Windows 8 on some ultrabook models, saying it will refund the upgrade fee being charged by Microsoft on certain Windows 7 PC models purchased by buyers.