The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.
Working our way down the list, Acer's Aspire R convertibles come in 13-inch and 14-inch models. The R 13 Series features Acer's Ezel Aero hinge that allows the display to rotate into half a dozen different positions, while the R 14 Series sports a 360-degree dual-torque hinge design that allows it to be used in four usage modes.
Acer's Aspire R 13 models feature premium touchscreen displays available in WQHD (2560x1440) or Full HD (1920x1080). Other goodies include Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options, up to 1TB of solid state drive storage with RAID 0, and up to 8GB of RAM. These will be available in October starting at $900.
As for the Aspire R 14, it sports an HD (1366x768) display with Zero Air Gap technology to help eliminate reflections in sunlight. Processor options include Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7, along with up to 12GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics (some models), and up to 1TB of HDD storage. The Aspire R 14 will also be available in October, but starting at $600.
Aspire Switch 11 and 10
For fans of 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, The Aspire Switch 11 and 10 Series tap into both laptop and tablet worlds with 11.6-inch and 10.1-inch display options. The Aspire Switch 11 features a Full HD 1080p display, HD webcam, up to a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to a 128GB SSD, full-size USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and more. There's also a second model built around Intel's Atom Z3745 quad-core processor -- it comes with 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of eMMC storage.
Acer's Aspire Switch 10 boasts a Full HD (1920x1200) or HD (1280x800) 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also has 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, 2MP HD webcam, and a thin frame measuring less than 8.9mm thin (0.35 inches) in tablet mode an 20.2mm (0.44 inches) with the keyboard
The Aspire Switch 10 will be available this month starting at $330 and the Switch 11 in October starting at $400.
Moving onto tablets, Acer unveiled the Iconia Tab 8 W, Iconia Tab 10, and Iconia One 8. The Tab 8 W is an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with Bing and powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor. It also has a 1280x800 resolution with IPS panel, 7mm bezel, microSD card slot, and dual stereo speakers.
The Iconia Tab 10 is a bit bigger at 10.1 inches and with a Full HD 1080p display, while the Iconia One 8 is an 8-inch tablet with an Atom Z3735G processor, 1280x800 resolution, and Android 4.4 KitKat
Acer says the Iconia Tab 10 will be available this month starting at $200, followed by the Iconia Tab 8 W in October starting at $150. No word yet on price or availability of the Iconia One 8.
The last item on the list is Acer's new Liquid Z500 smartphone. Details are fairly light, though Acer says it will ship with a 5-inch HD IPS display with 900:1 contrast ratio, HD front speakers, DTS Studio Sound, and 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus.
The Liquid Z500 will be available later this month starting at 149€ (around $195 in U.S. currency).