Acer set to unveil a new curved gaming monitor, notebooks, tablets and Chromebase at CESBy Rob Thubron
CES 2016 is almost here, and the numerous tech companies who will be on show at the event are giving us a glimpse of what they have in store. The latest is Taiwanese firm Acer, which is bringing new iterations to many of its product lines, including the world's first Chromebase with an Intel Core processor, a curved gaming monitor, an updated version of its Liquid Jade smartphone, and several notebooks.
First up is the Acer Aspire Switch 12S 2-in-1 Notebook. An upgrade from the Aspire Switch 12 laptop/tablet hybrid, the 12S is visually similar to its predecessor but this premium model has a slightly redesigned hinge mechanism that uses magnets to keep the tablet locked to the keyboard dock. But the real difference from the Switch 12 is inside the device: an Intel 6th generation Core M processor, Skylake architecture, a lower Thermal Design Point, and a USB 3.1 connector. Best of all, there's going to be a 4K version available alongside the 1080p model. It will be available in the U.S. in February, starting at $999.99.
The Acer Chromebase 24 is the latest version of the company's chrome-OS-based, all-in-one desktop. Acer says this will be the first Chromebase to feature an Intel Core processor and it will have the largest screen of all Chrome OS devices on the market - a 23.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with IPS technology. It also features 8GB of DDR3L, 802.11ac wireless, and four digital microphones with noise cancelling technology. Availability and pricing is TBD.
Acer will be revealing its new flagship smartphone at CES. The Liquid Jade Primo will run Windows 10 mobile and feature Continuum, which will allow the device to attach to a monitor, mouse and keyboard in order to create a desktop-like experience. The Liquid Jade Primo has a 5.5-inch display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 21MP rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle selfie cam. Price and availability TBD.
The company's Chromebook 11 line gets a refresh with the new CB3-131 model, which will boast a more durable design featuring a premium nano-imprinted cover. It has a 1366 X 768 display, 2GB or 4GB of memory and 16GB or 32GB eMMC storage. The model will be available in the US in February, starting from $179.99
As well as computers and tablets, Acer will be showing off some new monitors later this week. The 25-inch and 27-inch entries in the H7 series will be the first monitors in the world to support USB type-C and will both feature WQHD (2560 X 1440) displays. Acer will also introduce the R1 series, the world's thinnest monitors with under 7mm thickness, which are intended for everyday use.
For gamers, there's the latest generation of the XR Series - the XR342CK. This 34-inch, curved, 21:9 panel offers an UltraWide QHD (3440 X 1440) resolution and features AMD Freesync technology along with 100 percent sRGB gamut technology. All of Acer's monitors will use IPS technology. The H7 series will be available in February starting from $499 and the R1 series in Q1 with prices starting from $129. Acer hasn't said when the XR342CK will get a US release or how much it will cost, but it will be available in Europe in March with prices starting at €1,099 ($1198).
Acer's CES lineup will also include the Iconia One 8 (B1-850) Tablet - an 8-inch, low-priced ($99.99) IPS Android tablet aimed at families and children - and the Aspire Nitro V Black Edition notebook (starting $1099) that will feature the latest Intel RealSense short range camera with enhanced 2D and 3D image quality. And finally, Acer will be showing off the TravelMate P648 commercial notebooks ($1099), the industry's first notebooks to feature tri-band 802.11ad.