Acer has just unveiled a new convertible device called the Acer Aspire Switch 10 which the company calls a “4-position 2-in-1 laptop”.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 10.1-inch tablet that can be attached to a keyboard dock to turn it into a laptop. It also has 2 other modes it can switch to including what the company calls a “Display” mode wherein the tablet portion of the device is docked backwards for easier viewing as well as a “Tent” mode which is basically the “Display” mode but upside down. Users should recognize the Switch 10’s different modes as similar to the same modes that Lenovo’s Yoga laptops are capable of.
Like most tablet convertibles, the majority of the device’s components are placed inside the tablet part of the device. Inside the Switch 10 is an Intel Bay Trail processer specifically the Atom Z3745 quad-core CPU. The Atom Z375 runs at a base clock speed of 1.33GHz with a Turbo speed of 1.87GHz and a low power clock speed of 532Mhz. The Switch 10 also features 2GB of RAM as well as 32 or 64GB of internal storage.
The Switch 10’s display is a 1366 x 768 HD IPS display that features Acer’s “Zero Gap” technology that the company claims will minimize screen glare. Near the Switch 10’s display are two front-facing speakers. The whole device features a solid aluminum chassis. As for battery life, Acer promises a battery life of eight hours which is relatively low considering the device’s Bay Trail processor.
The keyboard dock of the Switch 10 is where users will find a full-sized USB port, a microSD card slot, and a miniature HDMI port. Acer has also announced another version of the keyboard dock that’s equipped with an internal hard drive. The tablet connects to the keyboard dock via a set of magnets and a snap hinge.
Acer has announced that the Aspire Switch 10 is scheduled for release in North America sometime in June for an SRP of $379.