Acer has sent out invitations to a press conference on April 23rd in New York City, but they haven’t specified what kinds of things they’ll be unveiling. With MWC out of the way, it’s hard to imagine why they would put off any new phones or tablets to its own separate event, but that’s what the company is doing anyway.
All the invite mentions is that the company will show off their “latest devices and solutions,” so we know there’s going to be some hardware shown off. Other than that, your guess is as good as ours. Any ideas?
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Many of you know that Mobile World Congress has come and gone. During the event a number of device manufacturers announced their line of phones and other goodies. We know Samsung has the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. HTC showed off the new One M9. While those are certainly the two that took top […]
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Acer has announced some brand new Chromeboxes in its CXI lineup, including a relatively powerful box with an Intel Core i3 processor inside. The CXI-i34GKM sports a 4th generation i3 4030u CPU, which is a dual-core processor that’s specialized in low-power consumption and speedy performance.
It’s rare to see powerful chips inside of Chromebooks or Chromeboxes, and while this i3 isn’t top of the line, it’s one of the better performing processors you’ll find in a Chrome device. It’s capable of pushing both 2k and 4k displays and is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and a 16 GB solid state drive, plus all the typical radios and connections that you’re used to.
This box was designed primarily for small business and educational use where you don’t need a ton of horsepower to do daily tasks. Basic web browsing and document editing will be no problem for the set of specs this thing comes with, and since it’ll launch at around the sub-400 dollar price point, it’s perfect for the market it’s aimed at.
Come comment on this article: Acer adds new Intel Core i3-powered Chromebox to its CXI lineup
As of right now, there aren’t too many options available if you’re looking to run Chrome OS on a desktop. At least, not many powerful options. With that said, Acer has just unveiled two new additions to its Chromebox CXI Series that aim to change that. Both of the new Chromebox units are powered by 4th generation Intel Core i3 dual-core processors, which is a nice step in the right direction from the company’s previous Celeron-powered models.
This practical series was designed for users in education and small to medium businesses as well as consumers wanting to leverage the ease and security of the Google Chrome ecosystem and don’t require a mobile platform.
The first of the two models is called the CXI-i34GKM, and features 4GB of RAM. The higher-end model, called the CXI-i38GKM, has 8GB of RAM. Both new Chromebox devices also include a 16GB Solid State Drive, and support for both 2K and 4K resolution displays.
These new Chromebox devices have great specs, but of course, that comes at a price. The CXI-i34GKM model is selling for $349.99, and the CXI-i38GKM is being sold for $399.99. Both units are available now through Acer’s website. What do you think of Acer’s new Chromebox devices? Do you think you’ll pick one up?
It’s the first day of MWC 2015, and we have Acer warming things up for the big HTC and Samsung announcements later on. So far, Acer has announced the Liquid Leap+ Smart Activeband and the mid-range Liquid Jade Z handset. Now we have the entry-level Liquid Z520, with specifications, images and press release available after the break.
- 5-inch display with WVGA (480 x 800) resolution
- Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Upto 8GB internal storage
- 8MP rear-facing camera and LED Flash
- 2MP front camera
- DTS Studio Sound speakers
The Acer Liquid Z520′s design is inspired by Thai silk apparently with a silver pyramid mid-frame. Software-wise, the Liquid Z520 includes a voice-activated selfie camera and will go on sale in Europe in April for €109 ($122). Don’t forget to look at the gallery and promotional video, as well as the press release beneath. The rest of our MWC 2015 coverage can be found here.
BARCELONA – Acer today announced its next generation of smartphones in its popular Z-series. The new Z220and Z520 smartphones combine sleek design elements with up to quad-core performance and great camera features for an overall impressive mobile experience. The stylish Z220 all-rounder primed for feature phone upgraders, party-goers or basic silver surfers on the go in an incredibly slim-yet feature-packed mobile device. The Z520 all-rounder primed for media fans seeking a blend of style and functionality, completes the duo. The new devices complement Acer’s existing and growing portfolio of smartphones, offering consumers greater choices across multiple price points to fit both lifestyle and budget.
Both the Liquid Z520 and Z220 will be on display at the Acer Booth at Mobile World Congress in Hall 1, Stand G50 from March 2 – 5.
Liquid Z520 – all-round high entertainment
The latest addition to the Z-series has been upgraded to a touch-less selfie experience with a voice-activated camera and up to 8GB internal storage. The 8MP auto-focus, rear-facing camera comes and LED flash to produce sharp, brilliant shots. Both music lovers and video fans no longer need external speakers, DTS™ Studio Sound will deliver astonishing stereo sound with bigger sound field, higher vocal clarity and more natural details.
Both smartphones include Acer’s Quick Mode with 3 distinct profiles for different customer and age groups:
• Basic Mode: for youngsters with fixed call and text functions
• Easy Mode: for silver surfers with access to quick messages, radio, weather, clock, quick call contacts
• Standard Mode: for the advance smartphone user familiar with the Android interface.
Come comment on this article: Acer announces the Liquid Z520 with DTS Studio Sound and Touchless Selfies
Mobile World Congress 2015 has just begun, and Acer has just announced its latest wearable, the Liquid Leap+ Smart Activeband. The Liquid Leap+ (as we will call it from now on) is platform agnostic, meaning it is compatible with Android, Windows and iOS. More details as well as the full press release after the break.
Acer’s Liquid Leap+ monitors your sleep, counts your steps and calories as well as allowing you to receive notifications and control your music with Play, Pause, Previous and Next commands. The Liquid leap+ has a 1-inch OLED display, and the rubber straps are interchangeable. The Liquid Leap+ has an IPX7 water-resistant body that allows it to be exposed to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes and the smart band connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low-Energy).
Finally, the Acer Liquid Leap+ will become available later this month in the EMEA market for €79 ($89). Have a look at the video below, read Acer’s Press Release beneath it and remember to follow our MWC 2015 coverage here.
Full Press Release:
BARCELONA – Acer today announced the next generation of Smart activeband products, the Acer Liquid Leap+. Standing for flexibility, the new wearable now syncs and connects with all main supported operating systems (Windows, Android, iOS) and the 1” OLED touchscreen can be strapped to the wrist-band colour of your current mood. Life is more than the number of steps you take, the Liquid Leap+ is about action, motion, logging and flexibility.
Acer Liquid Leap+ | Acer’s first multi-OS wearable device
By developing Liquid Leap+, Acer had one thing in mind: user flexibility. This innovative wearable convinces with features aimed at keeping track of all aspects of one’s life in a small 1-inch package. There is no question that Liquid Leap+ radiates an understated elegance with its modern, minimalistic, button-free design. But its qualities go well beyond looks, the ultra-slim 1” touch-screen is nestled in a durable exchangeable rubber wristband with a curved surface especially designed to lower body temperature by minimizing skin contact.
The Acer Liquid Leap+ is the ideal smart wearable device for active digital users who have both a need and a desire to always be connected. It becomes a fitness companion by tracking the user’s steps, running distance and calories burned. The activeband core module is a 24/7 wearable thanks to its waterproof certification (rated IPX7). Music control functions such as “play”, “pause”, “previous”, and “next song” make it easy to adapt to the tune of your choice, while notifications never let one miss an important email, calendar event or SMS.
The wearable technology in Liquid Leap+ talks to Acer Leap Manager app and your Android, Windows, or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 low energy.
Light-weight and stylish, the Liquid Leap+ comes with a variety of colour-bands: Charcoal Black, Fuchsia Pink and Lime Green.
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In case you forgot, the Mobile World Congress (2015 edition) is in full swing over in Barcelona, with Acer kicking things off with the announcement of it’s new range of Liquid handsets, as well as its latest wearable. Here we have the Liquid Jade Z, and its specifications, pictures, and full press release are available after the break.
As you can see from the specifications below, the Liquid Jade Z is firmly in the mid-range category, although Acer has included software features such as Read Mode that eliminates blue light emissions from the image processing engine. Other features include Bright Magic that allows 20% more light to reach the sensor, and AcerEXTEND – enables users to control their smartphones via their PC either through wireless or by cable. The Liquid Jade Z is running Android Version 4.4 KitKat at launch, although Acer has stated that a Lollipop update is in the works.
- 5-inch IPS Zero Air Gap display, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3
- Quad-Core MediaTek processor with 64-bit compatibility
- 13MP main camera with F1.8 aperture with Bright Magic feature
- 5MP front-facing camera F2.2 aperture
- LTE connectivity (Cat.4)
- 24-bit Hi-res audio; HD speakers with DTS Studio Sound
- 7.95mm thick
- Weighs 110 grams
The Acer Liquid Jade Z will become available to purchase in Europe later this month (March) for €199 ($222). Don’t forget, you can catch up with the rest of our MWC 2015 coverage right here.
Full Press Release
Barcelona Acer announces the Liquid Jade Z that brings premium features and award winning Jade design to the mainstream. Beautiful in its HD definition, viewable from any angle with its IPS Technology, readable in all circumstances with Zero Air Gap technology reducing unwanted reflections, and durable as protected under a beautifully Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 panel. The special Read Mode feature protects the eyes by eliminating the blue-light emissions from the image processing engine. Speedy browsing, streaming and downloading almost anywhere in the world is guaranteed with 4G LTE (Cat. 4) connectivity and a 64-bit quad-core Mediatek processor.
The Liquid Jade Z will be on display at Acer’s booth (Hall 1, stand G50) during MWC2015 in Barcelona.
Thanks to its voice-activated 13MP rear camera with F1.8 aperture, it can produce flawless pictures in any environment, even when the light is scarce. A front camera of 5MP F2.2 is also on board, to empower users to shoot their best selfie.
Additionally, the Jade Z embeds a series of exclusive enhancements for the perfect shot:
- Everything brighter thanks to the F1.8 aperture allowing 20%¹ more light to reach the sensor, Bright Magic integrates multiple pictures into one single shot
- Perfect selfie with Bright Magic Selfie and Surround light even in low light conditions;
- Exposure control with one finger to adjust focus and exposure independently for clear shots;
Equally Beautiful inside
AcerEXTEND will enable users to take full control of their smartphones via cable or wirelessly using their Windows-based PC, typing with their keyboard, using drag and drop and rich sharing – taking the multitasking experience to the next level. AcerNAV1 , a free offline navigation software powered by TomTom and utilizing TripAdvisor POI, gives Acer Liquid smartphone users the flexibility to navigate without any data plan at home or abroad.
The Liquid Jade Z was created to be an elegant but wallet-friendly smartphone. It boasts a beautiful curved surface and gives the eye an impression of elegance and grace. 7.9 mm slim and weighting only 110 grams, the Liquid Jade Z is comfortable to hold and use even with one hand.
Come comment on this article: Acer announce the Liquid Jade Z handset with 5-Inch IPS display and 64-bit processor
This is Acer’s latest play for your wrist, the Liquid Leap+. It takes the form of a fairly basic fitness tracker that also pulls notifications from your smartphone. Aesthetically it’s a continuation of what Acer offered with the original Liquid Leap, meaning it’s very similar to Garmin, Microsoft and Samsung’s fitness trackers.
The Liquid Leap+ communicates over low-energy Bluetooth 4.0, is IPX7-certified water resistant and comes in a variety of colors. It promises to track your activity and sleep, and will also convert that data to approximate your daily calorie burn. It’s got a one-inch OLED touchscreen (there are no physical buttons here) that lets you define what activity you’re currently partaking in or swipe through notifications, and other tricks include music control and compatibility with iOS, Android and Windows Phone (including Acer’s new Liquid M220).
The Liquid Leap+ will go on sale later this month in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at €79 ($88). Is Acer doing anything dramatically different with its wearable? Not really, but that’s a very competitive price when compared to the Fitbit Flex and other similar trackers, which may persuade those that want a capable fitness tracker without shelling out hundreds of dollars to come around to Acer’s way of thinking. We’ll get some face time with the Liquid Leap+ at Mobile World Congress this week, so stay tuned for some first-hand impressions.
For some time now, consumers have pretty much been stuck choosing between Lumias for their Windows Phone fix. Acer is aiming to change that with the launch of its catchily named “Liquid M220″ smartphone. The M220 is a decidedly low-end handset, with a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (upgradable via microSD), 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. It’s clearly aiming to compete with Microsoft’s cheapest Lumias, and, although admittedly this comes down to taste, it’s not exactly a looker compared to its rivals.
Things get worse for Acer when you consider the price. At €79 ($88) it’s up against the Lumia 535, which has double the RAM and internal storage. Interestingly, although the M220 has only 512MB of RAM, Acer is promising it’ll be upgradeable to Windows 10. Microsoft has noted that squeezing all the features of Windows 10 onto such low-end devices may not be possible, so bear in mind when deciding on your next phone that, despite the upgrade promise, not all Windows 10 phones will be equal. The M220 will go on sale in Europe, the Middle East and Africa this April.
The Acer C740 Chromebook is the smaller of the two, coming in with a screen sized at just 11.6 inches and a resolution of 1366×768. The C740 also comes with a 16GB solid-state hard drive, battery life that will last around 8.5 hours of use, and comes with the choice of Intel Celeron or Core i3 processors and 2GB or 4GB of RAM.
The C910 is the larger and slightly more high-end model, featuring a 15.6 inch screen with the choice of either a Full HD (1920×1080) display or a more budget friendly 1366×768 option. Again you will find choices for either a Celeron or i3 processor, but the C910 comes with 4GB RAM as standard and larger 16GB or 32GB internal memory options.
Acer has designed both Chromebooks to withstand the trials of the school-yard. They can each withstand up to 132 pounds (around 60kg) of force, the corners won’t buckle from accidental drops up to 18 inches in height, and the hinges have been reinforced so that they won’t easily snap.
The C740 Chromebook stats at $259.99, while the basic C910 model costs a little more at $299.99. Both will be available in the US come February.