It seems Acer’s affordable 2-in-1 Aspire Switch experiment worked like a charm, and so the original tablet/mini-laptop hybrid is already due for a refresh. Initially advertised as a 4-in-1 device, the Windows 8.1 convertible has actually got three follow-ups at IFA 2014 in Berlin.
Make that a spin-off and a two-part sequel, as the new SW5-012 model isn’t a drastic departure from the general direction set by the old SW5-011. Meanwhile, the SW5-171 and SW5-111 differ from the two 10 inchers mostly as far as their footprints go, looking themselves nearly identical to each other on the outside.
Confusing stuff, but it’s always nice to have options, isn’t it? The upgraded Switch 10, i.e. the SW5-012 configuration, will apparently go on sale later this month in the Pan-American region for $330, offering Full HD (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) screen resolution in addition to pretty much the same specifications accommodated by the existing, non-Full HD 10 incher.
You know, quad-core Intel Atom power, 2 GB RAM, battery life rated at 7 or 8 hours, full Windows 8.1.
As for the Switch 11 pair, the lower-end variant is priced at $399, and the higher-end lacks official retail cost information for now, which is never a good sign. Both slated for October releases, they feature Intel Atom and Core i3/i5 SoCs respectively, plus up to 128 GB of internal storage, 2 or 4 GB RAM and, of course, IPS displays boasting 720 and 1,080p.
Remember, the main selling point of all Aspire Switches is their ability to seamlessly transform from slates to netbooks and vice versa, thanks to neat and productive detachable keyboards.