Lenovo, Dell, HP Roll Out New PCs, Chromebooks, Tablets

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-04 Print this article Print
IFA 2014

For its part, Acer unveiled the Aspire R13 and R14 Series convertible notebook families of systems that can be used as laptops or tablets. The R13 Series, with Acer's Ezel Aero hinge, can rotate into six different positions, while the R14 comes with a 360-degree dual-torque hinge that enables it to be used in four modes.

In addition, Acer added to its two-in-one notebook portfolio with the Windows-based Aspire Switch 11 Series and a new Switch 10 that comes with a Full HD 10.1-inch display.

Acer also unveiled two new tablets, the Iconia Tab 8 W and Iconia Tab 10. The first runs Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 with Bing operating system, and it's powered by a quad-core Atom X3735G chip from Intel . The Tab 10 comes with a Full HD 10.1-inch screen, runs Google's Android 4.4 OS and comes with a quad-core MediaTek processor. The company's new Iconia One 8 tablet comes with an eight-inch screen and quad-core Atom chip, as well as a 1280-by-800 HD display. It also runs Android 4.4.

Also at IFA, Acer unveiled the Liquid Z500 smartphone that is designed to give users a good music and video experience.

Acer is less than a year away from a tumultuous time that saw its top executives resign after several quarters of poor financial results. Jason Chen, a former senior vice president of worldwide sales, took over as president and CEO at the beginning of 2014, promising to transition Acer from a hardware maker to an IT and communications solutions provider that is aggressively pursuing the two-in-one, tablet and smartphone markets. The company also is focusing on its build-your-own-cloud (BYOC) efforts to enable consumers and business users to leverage their devices to create their own cloud environments.

Acer officials said the result has been a stabilization of the company over the first two quarters of the year.

"We have focused on the immediate decisions that were needed to transform the company," Chen said in a statement. "Today we offer an extensive portfolio of devices with quality services and affordable prices."


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