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Prepare for a week filled with new product announcements, Android newshounds. Acer isn't letting their rivals get the better of them at IFA in Berlin (or indeed at the pre-show events that are becoming standard). This morning the company announced no less than three new products: the Liquid S2, a 6-inch Android phone with 1080p video recording, the 10.1-inch Iconia A3 tablet, and the DA241HL, a 24-inch all-in-one desktop powered by Android 4.2.

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The Liquid S2 is the sequel to last year's S1 which ups the ante with a 6-inch 1080p LCD screen and a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. But the real star of this device is its 13-megapixel real camera, which is capable of recording in 4K resolution. The spec sheet doesn't say what frame rate this 4K video can be recorded at, but 1080p video can be captured at 60fps, or in slow motion with a 4x time dilation factor. There's also an interesting ring flash, a device used for a unique, even distribution of light - note the camera module in the photo above. A suite of software photo features includes panorama assist, burst shot, exposure control, and a "Live Screen" mode with annotation functions. Other hardware high notes include 2GB of RAM, a 3300mAh battery, an 8.99mm-thin frame, and Android 4.2.2 with Acer's "Float" UI.

Elsewhere the phone is a little lackluster, especially when it comes to storage: it will be offered in the standard (and disappointing) 16GB with no MicroSD option. Acer plans to launch red and black versions in Europe in late October for an unnamed price. No other markets have been mentioned, but the Liquid S2 is unlikely to come to North America.

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Acer's latest tablet is the Iconia A3, which seems to be a capable if unspectacular update. Its 1280x800 10.1-inch screen and 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 quad-core processor are unlikely to blow anyone away, and while its €249 base price tag (about $330 at current exchange rates) is reasonable, it's nothing to get excited about. Other hardware details include either 16GB or 32GB of storage with MicroSD card expansion, a 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.2. The Iconia A3 will begin rolling out in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in early October, with a 3G model following in November for a €50 premium. Expect to see this one on U.S. retail shelves at some point.

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The last Android device revealed this morning is an unconventional one, though the form factor is getting more popular. The Acer DA241HL (catchy!) is a 24" desktop all-in-one unit running Android 4.2 on top of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC. The 1080p touch panel should make for some interesting use-case scenarios, especially since this desktop has full access to the Google Play Store (or "Google Market," as it's called in the press release). Acer says that the device will support multiple user accounts, potentially making it a nice family PC.

The DA241HL is also surprisingly flexible. In addition to an MHL port for showing off its video content on an external screen or TV, the desktop can work as a monitor itself, with an HDMI-in and USB port making it a touch-enabled display supporting Windows 8. The frame tilts from a touch-friendly 20 degrees to a more typical 75 degrees as well. The DA241HL will launch in mid-October with a starting price of €429 in Europe, but a full set of specifications and options isn't available at the time of writing.

Source: Acer, photos via Engadget (2, 3)

2013-09-02 BERLIN Acer will unveil at IFA 2013 the new Liquid S2, a full HD 6” with IPS technology 4K recording capable smartphone with ultra-fast connectivity including 4G LTE and the new Wi-Fi 802.11 ac standard. Following the recent successful launch of the Liquid E, Z and S series, Acer is now ushering in a different world of clarity with four times the resolution of full HD. This technology has been featured in some cameras already, but it’s a completely new experience with smartphones running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor capable of recording in 4K.
The real beauty of the smartphone is its iconic soft round curves and red elements for the receiver mesh and metallic ring highlighting the four LED ring flash for low light and macro capturing. The curved glass surface keeps a soft touch and “edgeless” feeling around the rim.

A touch of visual moments
The Liquid S2 combines the simple and visual interface with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs or videos with a smartphone. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera allows consumers to capture moments with an 88-degree wide viewing angle.
The Liquid S2 is loaded with several enhancements to capture reality:

  • BSI Sensors and LED Ring Flash: Sharper pictures in any environment
  • Video Recording: 4K Ultra HD, fast full HD 1080p 60FPS, 4 x slow motion
  • Full Panorama Pictures: Up to 27-megapixels in a single picture
  • Quick First Shot: Take picture right from unlock the screen with automatic center-focus by tapping any location on the screen
  • Smart Best Shot: Automatically detects photo type and takes multiple shots for best selection
  • Tag Widget: Convenient photo browsing with scene tag.
  • Favorite Mode: Create up to five profiles with customized effects, flash, capture mode and scenes
  • Exposure Control: One finger focus and exposure adjustment
  • Freehand Capture: Crop out anything on the screen using hand or a digital pen
  • Live Screen™: Share ideas and journey through pictures and scribble

A touch faster
This feature-packed Android smartphone will operate on 3G and 4G networks to boost customers with an average upload speed of up to 150Mbps. It will also support the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11 ac, offering significantly faster data transfer, better coverage and power efficiency when compared to today’s 802.11 n standard. The Easy Hotspot enables the smartphone to act as a mobile Wi-Fi router to share wireless internet connectivity with up to 6 Wi-Fi enabled devices. The internet connection can also be shared with QR codes and NFC.
Acer Float User Interface allows several app windows to stay open, so users can multitask without having to back out of one app to work on another. The press of a key brings up the Float Apps shortcut where apps on a translucent screen float over the function being used. It is easy to access or switch Float Apps anytime and can be customized with up to 7 favored app shortcuts. A Float Caller notification ensures that users will not be interrupted by incoming calls that take over the full screen. When a call comes in, the Float Caller mini-window pops up and the user can choose to take the call or reply with a quick message.

A touch more power
The latest addition to the Acer smartphone family is designed with a full HD display with IPS technology and 368 ppi for brilliant, stunning graphics on the 6-inch screen with a wide viewing angle. It is 8.99 mm thin and has two stereo speakers powered with Dolby Digital Plus for a stunning sound experience. The Liquid S2 also uses curved Gorilla Glass® 3.0 to boast native damage resistance, making it stronger and more resistant to scratches and daily usage than before.
Available in red or black, the Liquid S2 is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB of internal memory and 3300 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store a large library of photos, music and videos on the expandable memory of up to 128GB to complement the standard 16GB on-board storage.

Features and specs
Display                   6", full HD (1,920 x 1,080), 368 PPI, IPS
Main camera           13 MP auto-focus, f2.2, 28 mm lens, BSI sensor, LED ring flash, 4K video
Front camera           2 MP, f2.2, 24 mm lens, 88° wide angle, BSI sensor, 1080p video
Processor:               Quad-core 2.2 GHz
Storage / memory:   16 GB / 2 GB
Battery:                  3300 mAh, non-replaceable Li-polymer battery
Dimensions:            166 x 86 x 8.99 mm,
Network:                4G: 800/1800/2600 3G: 900/2100 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
Connectivity:           Wi-Fi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC
Sensors:                  Light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyro
Operating system:    Android™ 4.2.2
Acer features:          Acer Float UI, Acer HD Channel, Acer Docs and Acer Remote Files, Acer
Data Traffic Manager, Acer Float Caller, Acer Float Apps
(maps/notes/camera/calculator), Acer Live Screen™, Acer Print, Acer
Easy hotspot
Additional features: Skitch, YouTube™, Moodagent, Polaris Office, Swype text input, Google
Keep, Evernote®, wireless display, Dolby Digital Plus

Pricing and Availability
The Liquid S2 version will be available at the end of October in. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later stage.

2013-09-02 BERLIN Acer will unveil at IFA 2013 the new Acer Iconia A3, a 10.1-inch tablet was designed to offer a touch more entertainment, multimedia, gaming and web experiences. Movie and music lovers will find in the Iconia A3 their perfectly balanced couch mate with immersive sound, wide viewing angles and quad-core performance to further enhance their entertainment and enjoyment.
The Acer Iconia A3 was introduced alongside other product updates, including the Acer Iconia A1 and B1 with additional colour options. The full-featured single-handed use 7.9-inch tablet is now available in a touch of white, smoky grey and ivory gold. The Iconia B1 7-inch tablet, targeted at first time users or tablet newbies, is now also available in a touch of oceanic blue and vermilion red.

A touch comfier
Designed for rich multimedia entertainment, the Iconia A3 comes with Dolby® Digital Plus™ creating a virtualized 5.1 channel surround experience over headphones, reduced background noise and dialogue volume boost resulting in clear dialogues and consistent volume levels, without sways across content and apps. To top this off, the Iconia A3 boasts an ergonomic placement of the speakers on both sides creating a virtual sound box for stereo sound effects.
The 10.1” WXGA display (1,280 x 800) with IPS technology offers crisp and accurate colours from wide viewing angles for a better visual experience whether users are lounging on the sofa, lying on the bed or sharing the view with a loved one. The 16:10 aspect ratio of the Inconia A3 is ideally suited to watch video content and playing games in landscape mode. Complete with a built-in micro HDMI port, users can connect the tablet to an external display to share and enjoy movies and videos on a bigger screen.  The Acer Iconia A3 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks or built-in 3G² mobile data connection. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

A touch smarter
Powered with a quad-core 1.2GHz cortex A7 processor, the Iconia A3 delivers smooth 9 hours of video playback, better mobile gaming, as well as fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites.
Acer IntelliSpin expands the tablet’s screen image rotation feature, so that even when lying flat, the screen image will rotate to match the tablet’s orientation when turned.
Acer’s Touch WakeApp provides users with fast access to their favourite apps straight from sleep mode. A great feature if the tablet is shared by different users, the multi-user support featured by Android 4.2 allows customers to create up to eight separate and customisable user spaces on a single device.
To maximise user fun, the 5MP back camera can take snapshots at full video resolution while recording a video. It can also snap immersive 360° pictures and wide angle shots. Available as 16GB³ or 32GB³ version with the option to expand via microSD, the Iconia A3 is the ideal home entertainment companion for people who like sharing and consuming multimedia content.

A touch purer
A smooth profile with rounded edges make it easy to grab the tablet with one hand. The minimalist design is accentuated by the silver profile that sets off the white of the back cover and complements the current design of Acer’s Android tablet family. With a slim profile at just 10.15 mm and a weight of less than 600 grams4, the Iconia A3 is easy to carry along and check anything in a flash whenever needed.

Pricing and Availability
The Iconia A3 (WiFi) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa early October with a suggested a starting price of €249.- 5.
The Iconia A3 (3G) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa early November with a starting price of €299.- 5.

2013-09-02 BERLIN Acer today unveiled the Acer DA241HL, the first All-in-One based on the Android OS and NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor from Acer. It’s designed to offer users the same familiar experience as with tablets and smartphones. The company also took the opportunity to launch several new All-in-Ones aimed at offering users an improved and more ergonomic full HD touch experience. The range of new models includes the elegant, modern and flexible Aspire U5-610, the Aspire Z3-105 and the Aspire Z3-610, designed to unlock a world of optimized sound, simplified access and full HD touch enjoyment for the entire family.

Acer DA241HL
With the DA214HL, Acer introduces the first Full HD touch 24-inch AiO based on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and featuring NVIDIA Tegra quad-core performance. Users can now find on their home PC the same familiar interface used on other Android devices, such as smartphones and tablets that are increasingly popular for media consumption, web browsing or social media interactions.
What’s more, the Android OS unlocks a world of exciting games and affordable productivity solutions, and the same 1 million+ apps from the Google Market can be accessed across multiple Android devices under the same user account. This provides a simplified and convenient user experience, as content can easily be synchronized across devices. The Tegra processing power provides access to the top sold emulated games and features on Google Play that are not supported or slow to play with other processors. On top of it, the DA241HL can offer a personalized experience to each family member, as it allows the customization of settings and apps for up to 5 users.
Thanks to MHL connectivity, the DA241HL can easily transmit smartphone content to a larger display for more comfortable viewing. It can also connect to any PC with Windows 8 via an HDMI port or USB cable becoming a 2-point Touch Display. In addition, the tilting angle of 20° to 75° enables a comfortable touch experience.

Availability and Pricing
The Acer DA241HL will be available mid-October with a starting price of €429.-.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • aatifsumar

    16GB Memory and no microSD card slot on the S2, and 4K video recording. That's what, twenty minutes of video before your memory is full? Ridiculous.
    Edit: Specs don't mention microSD slot but the press release does. Was wrong.

  • Sean Royce

    It looks great on paper, but as I haven't seen a lot of Acer phones in the flesh, I wonder what it's real day to day usage is like. From what I've read, it's packed with acer bloatware. It's a no from me. I'll wait for the Galaxy Note III.

    • Hans Pedersen

      Considering the Note 3 will probably be out in stores 3 months ahead of this one, I'd say you won't have to "wait" that long. :)

      • Sean Royce

        You're probably right.

  • Jordan DeBarth

    "the Liquid S2, a 6-inch Android phone with 1080p video recording"

    Shouldn't that say 4K?

  • Albin Hermansson

    I'm sorry Acer, but how can you design such a blob-looking phone? It's hideous.

    • Ivan Myring

      Its not that bad. Don't like the front speaker though. It reminds me of the one x

    • Hans Pedersen

      Oh my god! A smartphone that looks like a, uhm, smartphone!? How could you, Acer?!

  • Asphyx

    I call BS on the 4K sales pitch...It may save files in a 4K resolution but anyone who knows anything about cameras knows that the saved format is meaningless as far as what resolution your actually getting and only the CCD determines if it is really 4K resolution or not!
    All this unit is doing is taking a 1080 signal and saving it in 4K format by up converting which is the same as scaling a low res to a high res file! and all the artifacts you get when you do that!

    • Asphyx

      Slight correction...In this case it's probably not a CCD but a CMOS

  • TylerChappell

    Acer doesn't care about its customers, so I don't see why anyone should care about Acer. Especially in the tablet market.

  • andrew

    My appeal to tablet buyers, but 6" is too big for a phone.
    What qualifies as a phone for me is that can be held and operated in and by one hand.
    Sorry Sony (6.4" ultra), HTC (5.9" one max), Samsung (5.9 & 6.3 mega) and my current small tablet the Huawei (6.1" ascend mate) etc.
    Sony and Google will prove that you can have a 3000+mAh battery, a 2.2Ghz quad core processor and 2+GB of ram in a 5" device.
    Sony will also be capable of recording and playback in ultra high def, which gives it much needed future proofing in today's rapidly changing market.

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