Announced about a month ago, the Iconia W4 runs Windows 8.1 and feature an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display pushing out an unimpressive 189 ppi but the viewing angle is a wide 170 degree.
Powering the device is the Intel’s Atom Bay Trail quad-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage with microSD card expansion. You also get a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video and a 2MP front-facing camera.
There’s a 4,960 mAh battery which gives the Iconia W4 a claimed maximum of 10 hours of web browsing battery life. In terms of connectivity, the Iconia W4 comes with a micro USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI port with HDCP support and WiFi 802.11b/g/n.
The Iconia W4 is priced at RM1,099 and is available from Friday at major Authorised Acer Resellers nationwide.
Acer has introduced a trio of new smart phones in the market ranging from a large mid-spec 5.9″ smart phone to an entry level 3.5″ device. The first device is the Acer Liquid S1 which is the prequel of its latest 4K recording capable Liquid S2. It comes with a large 5.9″ TFT display which does a rather modest 1280×720 pixels resolution, pushing a pixel density of 258ppi. Powering the device is a Quad-core MediaTek 6589 running at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM, which is similar to the recently available Sony Xperia C. There’s a 8MP shooter at the rear and comes with a modest 2,400mAh battery. The Acer Liquid S1 is priced at RM1,299 and as a special promo, they are also throwing in additional 16GB microSD card, complimenting its on-board storage of 8GB.
Next is the Liquid E2 which comes with a 4.5″ qHD display (960×540) and runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. Like its predecessor the Liquid E1, there’s dual stereo speakers and 8MP camera at the rear while at the front there’s a 2MP front facing camera. On-board there’s 4GB of storage and it is juiced up with a 2,000mAh battery. The Liquid E2 is priced at RM749 and comes with a free bumper case.
Last but not least is its entry level 3.5″ Liquid Z3 retailing at RM399. It runs on dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and its front screen pushes a rather low 480×320 pixels resolution. It comes with a 3.15MP camera, 4GB of on-board storage and decent 1,500mAh battery.
The trio are offered exclusively on Lazada and Maybank Credit Card users are entitled for 15% discount. For more information, head over to Lazada.
Acer is struggling to keep up with the big boys when it comes to high end smart phones. With Full 1080p HD video recording being mainstream in most smart phones today, Acer has taken a giant leap to stand out by introducing its latest Acer Liquid S2 that boasts as the first ever smart phone with 4K video recording from its 13MP camera. To put that in numbers, the mainstream Full 1080p HD video records typically in 1920×1080 but at 4K, it is doubled in width and height at 3840×2160 pixels resolution.
The rest of the specs doesn’t fail to impress as well with a 6″ Full HD IPS display, 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a large 3,300mAh battery. Storage can be expanded too with a microSD expansion slot. Surrounding the 13MP BSI shooter, the Liquid S2 uses a circular LED flash ring instead of the usual standalone LED flash design. In terms of connectivity, it also comes with 4G LTE support as well. Out of the box, the Liquid S2 runs on the current Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The Liquid S2 is set to be released in Europe at end of October and there’s no word of its availability elsewhere for now.
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The Acer Iconia W3 tablet with full Windows 8 OS is now available in Malaysia. Weighing just half a kilo with a thickness of 11.35mm, the Iconia W3 is dubbed as a tablet which offers desktop computing that fits in a single hand thanks to its compact 8.1″ form factor.
Powering the device is an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and its 8.1″ touch screen display pushes a WXGA resolution of 1280×800. Juicing up the device is a 6,800mAh battery that lasts up to 8 hours. It also comes with the connectivity necessities such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, 802.11b/g/n, micro-HDMI, micro-USB and dual 2MP cameras for front and back.
To compliment the Iconia W3′s full Windows experience, Acer is pre-installing Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 worth RM399.99 which includes your productivity applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint & OneNote. For those wanting a full sized keyboard, there’s an optional Bluetooth keyboard which doubles up as a tablet docking stand.
The Iconia W3 is now available nationwide at RM1,199 for the 32GB version without the keyboard. It’s bigger 64GB model with the accompanying keyboard will be offered later towards the end of the month but there’s no pricing details for it so far. If you need more power, Acer has a larger 11.6″ Aspire P3 tablet that starts from RM1,799.
Head after the break for the Iconia W3 promo video.
Acer has recently launched its new Tablet/Ultrabook hybrid devices – the Aspire P3 and Aspire R7. The Aspire P3 is a rather slim Ultrabook which works as a standalone tablet. There are 2 models available with the Intel Pentium Processor version going at RM1,799 and the one with higher spec 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor going at RM1,999. If you need more power on the go, there’s the Core i5 version but that’s coming into Malaysia in a later time.
The Aspire P3 comes with a touchscreen 11.6″ IPS display capable of pushing 1366×768 pixels resolution, 2GB of RAM and 60GB of SSD storage. The tablet/ultrabook itself is only 9.95mm thick and weighs 0.79kg. At this price point, you would expect it to run on something basic such as Windows RT. Surprisingly the Aspire P3 runs on the full fledged Windows 8 OS and boasts a battery life of 6 hours.
The accompanying keyboard is connected via bluetooth and its own standalone battery source is said to last a month of average use. For productivity mode, the tablet is stowed in its proprietary folio style case with the keyboard attached.
Meanwhile, the Aspire R7 is a larger 15.6″ Notebook which doubles up as a tablet with its flexible Full HD display thanks to its unique Ezel hinge. In terms of design, the touchpad and keyboard had swapped positions with the keyboard made closer to the user. The flexible display allows you to tilt forward or the opposition direction depending on usage. It runs on a Core i5 processor with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB Hard Disk. Pricing starts at RM2,999 and it is expected to go on sale next month.
For more information, head over to Acer’s Aspire P3 product page.
Head after the break for photos and videos of the Tablet/Ultrabook hybrid devices.
Acer has quietly revealed its new Iconia W3 Tablet which comes in a more portable 8″ form factor. Considering most Microsoft based tablets are 10-inchers, this would be the smallest Windows 8 tablet currently. While it is small in size, surprisingly it runs on a full fledged Microsoft Windows 8 Pro and not the scaled down Windows RT version. Being a productivity tool, the Iconia W3 comes with a accompanying keyboard which connects via Bluetooth. From the product pics, the tablet can be attached to the back of the keyboard.
In terms of specs, it runs on Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM and there’s a choice of 32GB and 64GB storage option. The front 8.1″ display does a WXGA resolution capable of 1280×768. It also comes with a 2MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI and micro USB port. Battery life is rated at 8 hours.
No pricing details yet but the Iconia W3 is expected to be introduced in early June. Head after the break for more images of the device.
When people mention Android, typically it’s all about humongous smart phones and how much processing cores it can pack. That is normally the trend for the high end flagship models today with 5″ screens being a standard benchmark today. However there are those who seek practical sized smart phones. Something that offers decent performance without having their phones outgrowing their palms.
This is where the Acer CloudMobile S500 comes in, which is a mid-spec device that strives to create a balance between performance and size. Read on for the full review of the CloudMobile S500 to find out how it fares on a day to day usage.
Most Android players right now are focused on their flagship devices but what about those seeking for something in the middle? Now we have the Acer CloudMobile S500 which is a capable contender in the mid-spec range that’s priced at RM1,299. It is powered with a respectable dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. On board there’s 8GB storage but it is expandable with microSD. The biggest highlight is its 4.3″ IPS display which pushes a rather high resolution 1280×720 pixels. This gives a rather high density of 342ppi which is even higher than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III.
Design wise, it feels rather compact in the hands and it does feel like a smaller 4″ device. The appearance looks different from the usual all black design and the S500 stands out with its curved upper and lower ends which is wrapped with a nice textured plastic back cover. Operating the S500 is rather smooth thanks to its plain vanilla Android without any of those heavy customised skins. However it isn’t that all bare as Acer has added some nice touches such as a customised pull down notification bar which offers quick access to setting toggles and alarm. Acer is no slouch when it comes to software updates as the S500 is currently running on a recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
In the photography segment, it comes with a 8MP shooter that is capable of shooting 10 frames per second while the front facing 0.7MP camera is capable of shooting 720p videos. Over at the back, the S500 also comes with NFC capability where you can beam contacts and files across seamlessly. The Achilles heel of the S500 would be the battery which is a rather small 1,460mAh that lasts about 10 hours in our heavy usage. For moderate users, you might be able to get more hours and there’s also a power saving mode to stretch that even furhter.
Watch the hands-on video above. We will be posting a full review shortly.
Comparing the specs, it does look like a direct competitor against the iPad mini with a 7.9″ 1024×768 display and is powered with a 1.2GHz MediaTek Quad-Core processor that’s mated with 1GB of RAM. There’s a front facing VGA camera and a rear 5MP main shooter. Storage is generous with 16GB on-board storage which is expandable with microSD. Overall it is 10.5mm thick with its 3,250mAh capacity battery.
What’s more interesting is the purported price of US$149 which makes this under RM500. If the price and specs are true, this is a big leap from its current Acer Iconia B1 and will definitely give other 7″ tablets a run for their money.
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Acer Malaysia has finally launched its Liquid C1, which is the first Intel based smart phone to be launched in Asia Pacific. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will be upgradeable to Jelly Bean.
To recap on the specs, the Liquid C1 runs on a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and comes with a 4.3″ qHD IPS display that does 960×540 pixels resolution. Internally it has 4GB of storage which is expandable with microSD memory slot. Behind its removable back cover, the Liquid C1 is juiced up with a 2,000mAh battery and overall it weighs 140 grams with a thickness of 10mm. In the imaging department, it comes with a 8.0MP camera that shoots 5fps burst mode and over at the front there’s a VGA camera.
In our previous Liquid C1 hands-on and preview, we find that the Acer Liquid C1 is a rather decent mid range device. While the back is made of plastic, it has a nice textured back with a metallic frame around the sides.
Battery life is said to be one of the key strengths of the Liquid C1 with efficient power usage coupled with a 2,000mAh battery which is rather generous for a smart phone at just RM999. If you’re looking for a smart phone below RM1,000, a decent display and a large battery, the Acer Liquid C1 seems to be a compelling choice. In terms of UI, it is comes with the plain vanilla Android interface with additional widgets thrown in by Acer.
Acer has also introduced a Try Before You Buy program that lets you evaluate the Liquid C1 before committing your purchase. You would need to make full payment of RM999 upfront and you’ll be given 3 days with a loaner unit. If you’re satisfied, just return the loan unit for a brand new one after 3 days.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our earlier hands-on view from MWC 2013 here.