Being in the market for budget devices doesn't always mean you have to discard all notions of branding. But more affordable offerings from more reputable brands don't always mean they're better, as the new Acer Iconia One 7 might demonstrate.
Acer originally unveiled the TA272HUL Android All-in-One back in January. The announcement arrived during CES. More to the point for today -- Acer recently provided us with a unit for review. We have to admit that having Android (in this case 4.2 Jelly Bean with the Play Store) running on a 27-inch display seems a bit crazy. We'll likely have more to say as we get deeper into the review, but for now we wanted to share some images and some first impression style thoughts.
Acer had the Liquid E3, and they were also showing the Liquid Z4 here at Mobile World Congress. The Z4 takes things down a step as compared to the E3. Basically, if the Liquid E3 were in the mid-range lineup, the Liquid Z4 has arrived to fill the lower end of that space. The handset sports a 4-inch display and is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor.
Acer was showing a few smartphones here during Mobile World Congress, one of which was the Liquid E3. This one will be running the new Liquid user interface, and touting perks such as being able to multitask with ease, and also capture images that wow. As for the UI, Acer mentioned how the this will bring a new icon and visual style that should provide the user with a better visual experience.
Coming just ahead of Mobile World Congress, Acer has unveiled a pair of Liquid branded smartphones to fill out the mid-range lineup. The models include the Liquid E3 and the Liquid Z4. Both models seem to be heading to Europe, with an initial availability pegged for April.
Acer has become the latest to drop a Mobile World Congress teaser. This one has arrived by way of the official Acer Google+ page and includes one image (as seen above), along with some minor details. To that point, Acer has said they will be showing "must-have new products" during MWC 2014.
Acer had already made the commitment to enter the wearable space sometime this year. But those earlier reports didn't offer much in the way of a timeline, or even specifics in terms of what kinds of devices will be available. With that in mind, new details have emerged out of Taiwan.
Acer, maker of many great Android and Chrome products, will attempt to copy their success on a smaller scale. The company has announced they will be making wearable devices, with the first expected to hit shelves later this year. Surprisingly, these products were also demoed under everyone’s nose at CES, as Acer notes they showed them off to various partners behind closed doors.
Acer’s move to tablets has been quite successful. They have a slew of lower cost devices that many find attractive, if for nothing more than the price point itself. Acer, however, was a PC cornerstone. That market has since slipped into a spiral, leaving Acer to pick up its pieces. They appear to be on the right path, but not in the clear just yet.
Acer, who is no stranger to low cost devices, may have outdone themselves. Released in China, their new Tab 7 checks in at around $99. Though you might not expect much from a $99 tablet, this one has some interesting benchmarks, which could make it more desirable than their B1, available stateside. Of course, there is a good chance we won't get the option.