Acer has launched a new convertible device called the Aspire Switch 12 and while the other members in the series are considered 2-in-1 releases, this one is said to have 5 different modes. Additionally, the company has thrown in the latest Core M processor which enables slimmer designs and extended battery life.
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 can be used as a laptop or a standalone tablet. Like the Surface series, it sports a kickstand on the rear which allows it to be placed at an upright position. And with the detachable keyboard, you can get a laptop like experience or use the device separately like an AIO desktop. Other modes include pad and tent.
The keyboard is a full-size one (no trackpad) and works wirelessly, while the screen which is 12.5 inches wide with 1080p visuals, offers 10-point touch input. Additionally, there’s Corning Gorilla Glass onboard for added protection and dual front-facing speakers for stereo quality audio output.
The processor here is a dual core one with Intel HD 5300 graphics, but there’s no mention of clock speed. What we know about the specifics is that there will be 60GB and 120GB storage options, 4GB of RAM, a 2MP camera and connectivity features such as Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 3.0, micro HDMI and Wi-Fi. The slate is said to be capable of delivering up to 8 hours of battery life.
Acer Aspire Switch 12 specs at a glance:
– Intel Core M Broadwell
– 12.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD
– Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– 4GB RAM, 60GB or 120GB storage options
– Dual front-facing speakers
– HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
– Up to 8 hours battery life
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 won’t be amongst the first wave of Broadwell launches, but it go on sale in the US and Canada early 2015. No word on price as yet though.