TAIPEI: Acer has unveiled several new devices at the Computex trade show, including the Iconia W3, which will be the first 8in Windows 8 device, and a giant 5.7in smartphone, the Liquid S1.
Acer's president Jim Wong said at the launch in Taiwan today that the Iconia W3 aims to "bring the desktop into one hand", with "the only one-handed tablet in the world with Windows 8, created by a collaboration between Acer, Microsoft and Intel."
Acer is targeting the professional portion of the tablet market with the Iconia W3, as it includes the full version of Microsoft Office Home or Student editions, so "you can edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs on the go," which is something that isn't bundled with Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet.
Intel took to the stage to mention that the Iconia W3 is powered by its Atom Z2760 processor, configured with 2GB of RAM and integrated Intel Media Accelerator 3650 graphics.
Running the full version of Windows 8 Pro, the Iconia W3 will arrive in 32GB and 64GB versions along with an optional full-sized wireless Bluetooth keyboard that Acer claims is similar in quality to those found on ultrabook devices.
The Iconia W3 comes in the form of an 8.1in WXGA multi-touch LCD display supporting 1280x768 resolution. There's also your standard set of connectivity options, such as integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 along with microHDMI and microUSB 2.0 ports.
Meanwhile the Liquid S1 boasts a 5.7in HD display supporting 1280x720 resolution and 257ppi, which will help it challenge devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Liquid S1 runs the latest version of Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor along with 8GB of RAM, the Liquid S1 features dual SIM card slots so it can be used as both a personal and business device in one.
This is one of the features that Acer claims makes the Liquid S1 an all-in-one mobile device that "opens up more possibilities for users to boost work productivity and maximise entertainment on the go".
With all the standard entertainment features of an Android device, other business-focused features on the Liquid S1 include its ability to automatically save and wirelessly retrieve office documents via Acer Cloud Docs and remotely access files from a main PC through Acer Remote Files.
As well as this, the firm also updated its Aspire S7 flagship ultrabook. This is now powered by Intel's fourth generation Haswell processors – but Acer said it cannot detail specifics of until its launch on 4 June. The the new and improved Aspire S7 also has an updated 13.3in WQHD display with 10-point multi-touch and IPS technology supporting 2560x1440 resolution.
The launch of the device came as rival Asus unveiled its Windows 8 and Android-powered device, the Triobook, which the firm claimed is the first laptop, desktop and tablet device rolled into one.
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