Acer just held an event in New York City, where it unveiled tonnes of new and refreshed products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The Taiwan-based company essentially lifted the curtain on its 2015 lineup, and we got all the details on the best bits.
Starting off with gaming, Acer has developed a new line of Predator gaming products that includes a 35-inch curved display (with Nvidia G-Sync technology), 15- and 17-inch notebooks (with performance tricks like cooling systems, upgradeable storage, and programmable keys), and a Predator tablet (with four speakers and haptic feedback). The tablet will launch in Q3, with the display and laptops following in Q4 2015.
Acer also updated its Aspire laptop and Switch 2-in-1 hybrid ranges. The company showed off the new and portable Aspire R11. It's a convertible laptop with a 11.6-inch display that flips around 360 degrees to become a tablet. Pricing starts at $249 (about £165). Alongside the R11, Acer unveiled the two new 10.1-inch hybrids with magnetic hinges. They're called the Switch 10 E SW3-013 and SW5-015.
Both models, like last year's, are akin to a tablet with a removable keyboard. They feature Intel Atom quad-core processors, 2GB of memory, and IPS displays with Gorilla Glass. The SW3-013 is unique in that it has an ergonomic keyboard, as well as a 1,280x800-resolution display, 12 hours of battery life, six colour options, and a price tag starting at $279 (about £185). It'll launch in July.
The Switch 10 E SW5-015 will start at $349 (about £230) and comes with a 1,920x1,200 display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the lid. You can expect it to start shipping in August. Acer also announced other Switch-branded products, including the Switch 11 and Switch 12 models, but the company told journalists that more details wouldn't be available until much later in the year.
Acer had other laptop news to discuss at its event, such as the E and ES series clamshell laptops, with prices starting at $379 for the E and $279 (about £250) for the ES. They'll launch in July, followed by the Aspire V15 in August. It's a Windows 8.1 laptop with a 15-inch HD touchscreen. The V15 runs Intel Core i7 processors and feature an aluminium cover, among other things.
To finish off the Windows laptop news, Acer showed off its new Chromebook 15, called the CB3-531. It has a 15.6-inch 1,366x768-resolution display, 16GB of eMMC, an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor, and 11.5-hour battery life. It starts at $200 and will be available sometime in July. Moving onto tablets, Acer announced two updates for its Android tablet range.
The 10-inch Iconia Tab 10, which features a Gorilla Glass 4 display with a 1,920x1,200 resolution, is an Android 5.0 tablet that'll launch in May for around $299, while another Android 5.0 tablet, called the Iconia One 8 B1-820, will cost $149 when it starts shipping in July. It has a 8-inch IPS display. Acer also said its smartphone range, starting with the Acer Liquid M220, is coming to the US.
The Windows 8.1-powered M220 will land in Microsoft Stores in May for $80. Speaking of smartphones, Acer has a new handset for the business-minded called Liquid X2. It's an Android phone with a 5.5-inch screen, 13MP camera, 64-bit octa-core CPU, 4,000mAh battery, and tri-SIM support.
We're live at the event in New York and hope to post hands-on reviews of some of these devices shortly. If you'd like to see what else Acer announced during the show, including details about its three new wearables, check out Pocket-lint's Acer hub.