Acer has a ton of stuff coming out soon, and it seems that the company couldn’t wait to show it all off. They have been showing off some new products in Berlin prior to the beginning of IFA, which will start later this week. It looks like Acer is finally putting a lot of emphasis on Android. The company’s efforts show in its new high-end smartphone, the Liquid S2.
This device has a 5.98-inch 1080p IPS panel, making for a very large device, above its three capacitive keys. On the back there’s a 13MP camera complete with 4K video recording. The device will record video at 24FPS and at a bit rate of 20Mbps; however, with a dearth of 4K capable displays and a concern for storage, it’s probably best to turn that down to 1080p.
Inside, you’ll find a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory with a microSD slot, a 3,300 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 to get things rolling. There are also four noise cancelling mics and Dolby Digital Plus audio. It’s a pretty feature-packed high-end phone that will easily compete with the likes of Samsung and HTC. It’ll come to Europe in October for 549 euros, or about $723.31, in both black and red.
Acer also showed off their Iconia A3 tablet, which is decidedly a lot lower-end than their smartphone. The tablet has a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, quite low by today’s standards. Inside is a 1.2GHz quad core processor powering an unskinned version of Android 4.2, meaning performance should be very good. Consumers have a choice between 16 and 32GB of storage, along with the microSD slot.
The tablet also has Dolby Digital Plus audio, which creates a virtual 5.1 channel surround sound. It has two side-firing speakers to take advantage of that setup. The tablet will be coming out next month for €249, or $327.61, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Acer has also gotten into making Android-powered all-in-one computers, which is an interesting choice. Their newest all-in-one is the DA241HL, a full HD 24-inch display running Android 4.2 in its purest form. It’s powered by an older Tegra 3 processor, which has optimized games available for it.
On the back, you’ll find three USB ports, an SD card slot, headphone jack and micro USB. The device also doubles as a monitor with an HDMI port on the back, so you won’t be stuck with only Android on that large display. This all-in-one goes on sale next month for a hefty €429, or $565.21, in Europe.
Last up is a concept device, similar to the ASUS PadFone and Transformer series of tablets. The device is a netbook-looking dock that allows for a phone to connect to it. This will allow you to use Android from your phone on a larger display, along with the added benefit of a 6,000 mAh battery.
A cool feature is that this setup allows you to use your phone as a controller for games, while the audio and video are streamed to the dock.
The current solution has a cable running to the phone, but Acer says that the final product may include a retractable cable. And though it’s a concept, it seems pretty close to the final product. Acer even says it could launch in Q1 of 2014.
Acer could really make a strong entrance into the Android market, even if it isn’t here in the US. It looks like Acer is putting out some good products (the Liquid S2 is especially nice), and we have to wonder if it’s enough to draw people in. Would you buy an Acer Android device?