Posts tagged with: Acer
  • by |

    The financial survival hopes of traditional PC manufacturers that refuse to adapt to new trends and tap into different segments of the always volatile tech market are slim to non-existent, with convertible tablets, smartphones, wearable devices and virtual reality headsets just a few of Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Sony or Acer’s top expansion and reinvention opportunities. Once upon a time the world’s second largest computer maker, Acer somehow managed to slip out of the global top five in 2015 and lose its relevance in an increasingly less relevant industry. The Taiwanese OEM is far from ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Microsoft’s (timid) push to consolidate Windows as the world’s third largest mobile platform continues, with a decent amount of contemporary choices available both stateside and on the old continent for power users and extremely cash-strapped smartphone buyers. The Acer Liquid M330, first unveiled way back at IFA last fall, has just become the cheapest unlocked model sold through Redmond’s US e-store with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded. The Lumia 550 torch is therefore passed on, and the M330 cuts two big corners to slash $40 off the 550’s list price. The display is slightly smaller, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today's Acer hardware event continues, and in addition to checking out that Android-powered Liquid Zest Plus with its big 5,000mAh battery, we're also hearing a lot about new Windows 10 devices. In addition to some hot desktops and conventional laptops, we're also seeing one new model that seeks to give the Surface Pro family a run for its money, as Acer introduces the Switch Alpha 12 convertible tablet. The Switch Alpha 12 features a (you guessed it) 12-inch 2160 x 1440 display, Skylake Core i-series processors, 4GB of RAM, and storage options topping out at 128GB. With both traditional ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Smartphone manufacturers walk a delicate tightrope when choosing how to power their phones: go with too small a battery, and users will be frustrated when their phone craps-out midway thtough the day; go too large, and you risk alienating users seeking a slimmer, sleeker handset. That said, there are always going to be groups of shoppers who are willing to compromise and actually prefer one of those extremes, and today we learn of one new smartphone that wears its giant-sized battery like a badge of honor, the just-launched Acer Liquid Zest Plus. The 5.5-inch Liquid Zest Plus comes through ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Looking for Windows 10 Mobile on a budget? Might not be too likely, given its continued bugs and updates woes, much less Microsoft's near-neglect of its publicity. But if you're a practical person looking for a practical phone, Acer might just have you covered with the Liquid M330. Sure, it's an entry-level product we saw last IFA and not a Liquid Jade one, but don't be so jaded as to the potential. A hairline brushed back meets up with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) screen on the front. Inside, there's a Qualcomm 210, 1GB of RAM and a microSD-expandable 8GB of storage. The both front and ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While it may seem like fans of the struggling Windows 10 Mobile platform are getting plenty of love from device manufacturers all over the world, you can still count the number of “true” flagships officially unveiled with Continuum support on the fingers of one hand. Lumia 950, 950 XL, Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and HP Elite X3. That’s all there is to choose from for power W10M users. Worse yet, the Elite X3 is only coming in the summer, and the Jade Primo took an eternity to transition from formal announcement to commercial launch. Up for pre-orders in select European markets way back ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Don't let the word "Chromebook" scare you. If you're looking to switch off to a more spartan and streamable digital lifestyle, you'll get everything you need in one of those puppies. Google is lousy with demand from the education sector and those kids can get work done on that thing. That's why Acer has released Chromebook after Chromebook to match persnickety people to the right computer. Now, with the new Acer Chromebook 14, it's upped the feel and focus of the product. While we see a dual-core Intel Celeron processor here along with standard Intel HD graphics integration, you do get a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Windows 10 Mobile has been available on new smartphones for months now, but it still feels too early to say what, if any impact the new software release will have on the struggling platform. One thing we can say, though, is that its arrival has brought the third-party OEMs out of the woodwork, and the Windows-based smartphone landscape we've been seeing at shows like MWC and CES has been anything but a Lumia-dominated spectacle. One of the first of these models to catch our eye was the Acer Liquid Jade Primo – which just saw the launch of an Android-running cousin at MWC – and now ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Although it’s definitely learning and growing in the smartphone landscape, Acer wasn’t able to surprise us at the Mobile World Congress quite like LG or Sony, let alone capture the spotlight in a Samsung way, despite there being no secrets in anticipation of the Galaxy S7 announcement. Well, there weren’t any substantial question marks regarding the Liquid Jade 2, aka Marshmallow take on the Windows 10 Mobile-based Jade Primo, which is why today’s low-profile Barcelona introduction might pass largely unnoticed. Striking family resemblance and repetitive specs aside however, the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Everyone from Google to Microsoft to Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and even Facebook is involved to a certain extent in the development and growth of fledgling virtual reality technologies, while companies like Apple and Alcatel OneTouch are carefully preparing their own field-improving efforts. You can now also add Acer to the list of major tech outfits looking to augment and enrich your reality, as CEO Jason Chen recently told Taiwanese press R&D of VR products has been ongoing “for a while”, with the current plan being “to introduce some new technologies to surprise everyone” in ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Acer's come up with the first competing high-end Windows 10 Mobile phone of 2016. As the Jade Primo heads to sale in Portugal, we're learning of an alternate universe that's about to collide with ours. Okay, a little dramatic, but the long and short of it is that we're getting an Android version of this phone. The Acer S58A has been found on Geekbench running what we assume to be a Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM and Android 6.0. And yes, the current version of the Jade Primo is just the Acer S58. The Windows 10 Mobile version is expected to head to sales next month. The Android version, if ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    One glance at the only Windows 10 Mobile flagship not manufactured by Microsoft back when it was first announced, and you could tell the Acer Liquid Jade Primo wouldn’t come cheap. But since its producer isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone business, we hoped for the best. Alas, Orange and Expansys Portugal have begun taking pre-orders for the Full HD 5.5-incher, which is valued at a rather steep €600. That converts to $653, so more than both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL stateside. Obviously, that’s not a fair comparison, and browsing through Redmond’s Portuguese e-store, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    CES 2016 has officially started, and, as it is usually the case with trade shows, it is pretty much over. Companies are generally unveiling products and services, making announcements, and gathering media at their press events prior to the official start of the show. However, that doesn't mean that Day 3 (which is the official day one of CES) was a boring one. Check out the most important things that saw the light of day, rounded up for you below, in case you missed any of the action. Alcatel OneTouch Alcatel OneTouch already announced a line-up of Pixi products, powered by Android (and ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    There are two ways to run Windows 10 Mobile on your smartphone. You either install it on a hardware released previously (if you can, and if there's an update out there), or you experience it out of the box on the latest and greatest smartphones powered by Redmond's mobile operating system. So far, about the only two phones (and flagships) that came with Windows 10 Mobile out of the box were the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, from Microsoft. However, you can now experience Windows 10 Mobile on Acer's latest, the Liquid Jade Primo, announced back at the 2015 IFA. And, to make things more ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    CES 2016 hasn't even officially started yet (that happens on January 6, today, depending on your time zone), but we've already seen a lot of cool things in Vegas on January 4. Of course, there are a lot of things we expect to see at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and a lot of things that will sadly be absent from the show floor. In case you missed something yesterday, here's a round-up of what happened on Day 1 (day zero, really). Acer Liquid Jade Primo Acer's Liquid Jade Primo isn't a stranger as the phone has been in the headlines before CES. However, we've learned that the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Acer's presence at CES 2016 isn't limited to the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone and the revamped Iconia One 8 tablet. The company has officially unveiled the "most premium and advanced model" of its Aspire Switch line of 2-in-1 notebooks. It is the Acer Aspire Switch 12 S, with the model number SW7-272, one that could turn out to be a serious Microsoft Surface (and, why not, Surface Book) competitor. The Aspire Switch 12 S packs a 12.5-inch display with a 4K (3840x2160) or Full HD (1920x1080), depending on the model. Powering everything is a sixth-generation Intel Core M processor, 4- ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In addition to a bunch of all-new high-end monitors and laptops, and a Windows 10 smartphone that was previously unveiled without going into pricing specifics, Acer brings an entry-level, ultra-low-cost Android tablet to Las Vegas for CES 2016 that likely rings a few bells. Confusingly named Iconia One 8, just like its predecessor, this stands out with a marginally different model number (B1-850, compared to B1-820), slightly newer though not exactly up-to-date software, and a children-friendly user interface. Technically, the 2016 Acer Iconia One 8 is advertised as a “media tablet for ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The only other Windows 10 Mobile flagship unveiled thus far aside from Microsoft’s homebrewed Lumia 950 and 950 XL finally has official availability and pricing details attached to its name. Merely for the EMEA region, that is, with more specifics coming closer to the phone’s launch elsewhere, but it’s a start. A promising start? It depends on how much you value the docking station, keyboard and mouse Acer vowed to bundle with the Liquid Jade Primo off the bat, and whether or not Redmond’s currently glitchy software will be stabilized by February. That’s when the “premium” ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Admit it, gamers, even by your unconventional standards, Acer’s “audiodacious” Predator 8 tablet looks unusual, to say the least. Its “aggressive” design consists of a rectangular slab with pretty slim actual screen borders, expanded to accommodate grip pads, as well as a fiery red quartet of speakers. The rear panel is just as conspicuous and bound to stir up controversy, featuring a large centered Predator logo, a combination of three colors, once again including red, and brushed aluminum vibe. Mind you, we’re not talking plastic made to resemble the premium build material, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Ah, Taiwan. For tiny quasi-country not recognized by the UN, it can fit a lot onto an island. Home to great food, extremely varied climate and a ton of techies — semiconductors to original equipment manufacturers to plain 'ol manufacturing in general. HTC has set up shop here along with Acer and ASUS. To make Taiwan feel important. the Ministry of Economic Affairs puts out an annual valuations list of the 20 largest global companies in the country. And for the third year in a row, Asustek has grabbed the top dollar spot on the list, cashing in at US$1.78B. Yeah, we know it's small fries, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Last week may have brought us Microsoft's big Windows 10 device event, but we are far from done with checking out new hardware running the company's latest platform. A few days back we learned of Acer's intent to introduce its own latest device lineup, and the company's been doing just that overnight. That means plenty of new laptop and tablet hardware, but maybe the most interesting news to emerge from Acer's announcements concerns its new Windows 10 smartphone, and the nice accessory package the manufacturer's bundling with it. We're talking about the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, first ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Acer is getting ready to go all-in for an afternoon of Windows 10 desktops, laptops, tablets and phones to show you what it can do with them. You've got to admire the company for being an underlying current in Taiwan between the struggling HTC and the decently-performing ASUS. But once in a while, Acer should get to shine, too, just after Microsoft had its own Windows 10 devices event. And so it will shine with the Acer Windows 10 Global Press Conference in Taipei on Monday, October 12 at 2pm local time (2am Eastern). You can check out the livestream Acer has set up for the event below. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Since mainstream tablet popularity in general has taken a big hit as a direct consequence of the rise of phablets, it should come as no surprise the best current option for gamers is still the aging 8-inch Nvidia Shield. But perhaps not for long, as the similarly sized Acer Predator 8 struts its stuff in Berlin for IFA 2015 ahead of an October EMEA rollout, and November North American spread. Part of the larger gaming-oriented Predator product family, the thin and lightweight 8-incher measures 8.7mm in depth and tips the scales at 350 grams. That’s pretty impressive, considering the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Not exactly a force to be reckoned with in the global smartphone décor, especially as far as US penetration is concerned, Acer wants to at least strengthen its low-cost European market position. To that end, the Taiwanese electronics corporation has traveled to Berlin for the IFA 2015 trade show with no less than six new affordable Liquid handhelds. The most potent member of the family is the 5.5-inch Liquid Z630, what with its quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 processor and 2GB RAM under the hood. The mid-range phablet is further equipped with a hefty 4,000 mAh battery, as well as a ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version