Acer Intros Slew of Tablets, Laptops, Wearables and Gaming Systems

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-04-26 Print this article Print
Acer, tablets, laptops, wearables, gaming

The new Predator desktop gaming system will be available in the third quarter of this year, while a new Predator Notebook will be available in the fourth quarter in both 15- and 17-inch versions, with massive internal cooling systems and programmable buttons for users. Prices will be announced later.

Also slated is a Predator Z35 curved 35-inch gaming monitor that will sell for $1,299 and be available in September.

An all-new Predator Tablet for gaming is also due in the third quarter and will feature four front-mounted surround sound speakers and haptic feedback that will shake in a player's hands during games that include haptic feedback.

LED Projector, Wearable Bands Also to Come

Acer's new K138ST portable projector is an LED device that includes an intelligent ambient light sensor that adjusts the image based on the surrounding light. The projector will start at $999 and be available in June. It will be able to project an image of up to 100 inches across on virtually any surface.

Wearable bands for fitness and fashion are also in Acer's future.

The company unveiled its new waterproof Liquid Leap Fit band, with a 1-inch touch-screen, a heart rate sensor that takes about 150 scans a day, a stress sensor and interchangeable colored bands, as well as the Liquid Leap Curve fashion band, which includes Acer's first curved touch-screen wearable. The Liquid Leap Curve also includes heart rate and stress sensors and interchangeable bands.

For more active users, Acer also announced its new waterproof Liquid Leap Active band, which has a 1-inch touch-screen, activity tracking, built-in notifications and music controls.

Pricing and availability of the wearables will be announced later.

At the launch event, Acer also unveiled its first two smartphones that will be sold in the United States, including the Liquid M220 smartphone, which is already available in 55 countries. The M220 will arrive in the United States in June, where it will be sold for $79.99 through Microsoft stores and from the Microsoft Website, according to Acer. The smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor with speeds up to 1.2GHz, a 4-inch 233-pixel-per-inch WVGA (480 by 800) display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage that is expandable through a microSD slot and a removable 1,300mAh battery. The M220 provides up to 3 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours in standby on a single charge and also features Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity.

Also arriving in the future will be the Liquid X2 smartphone, which will be aimed at business users. The Liquid X2, which was only briefly described at the Acer event, is most notable for its three SIM card slots and 4,000mAH battery for long life, but the company did not announce pricing and a firm date for availability. The Liquid X2 will feature a 5.5-inch display, a 64-bit octa-core processor and a 13MP F1.8 camera.



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