Acer unveils Android-powered 360° camera, multiple portable computers
360° cameras have become popular in the Android world – some companies released add-ons, others made stand-alone devices. Now Acer has entered the game with an Android-powered camera. The company also unleashed some highly portable mobile computers and a full contingent of Predator gaming gear.
Acer Holo360 and Vision360
Two LTE-enabled 360° cameras – one for handheld photography and one to use as a dash cam. The Holo360 is particularly interesting because it is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset and runs Android 7.1 Nougat. It’s 3” screen is small by today’s standards, however, and there’s no voice call connectivity in case you considered using it as a phone.
The heart of the camera is ImmerVision-certified panomorph optics and a sensor that captures 6.9K stills and 4K video. You can livestream 360° video as well!
The Acer Vision360 has a built-in GPS receivers and the 4K video is synced with GPS coordinates. The camera can trigger automatically when an accident is detected and video of it will be stored in secure internal storage and can also be uploaded to the cloud.
The automatic accident detection works even when you park your car and leave – as soon as something happens, a notification will be sent to your smartphone and you can watch the video from the cloud.
The Acer Holo360 is coming to North America in November at $430 with a bundled water-resistant case. Europe, Asia and the Middle East are getting it sometime in Q4 for €350. Pricing for the Vision360 has not been unveiled yet.
Acer Chromebook 15
Boasting an aluminum body and a 15.6” display (1080p IPS), this Chrome OS laptop puts an emphasis on looks. It’s fairly portable – weighing 1.72kg and measuring 18.9mm thick – and offers up to 12 hours of off-grid usage.
The Chrombook 15 is powered by an Intel Celeron (dual-core) or Pentium (quad-core) processor with fanless cooling. These come in configurations with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage.
On the connectivity side, there’s Wi-Fi ac (2x2 MIMO), two USB-C ports (v3.1 Gen 1) and two old-school USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.2 and a mic/headset jack. There are also two upward firing speakers if you want to listen to music that way. The keyboard is backlit too, by the way.
Look out for the Acer Chromebook 15 with a touchscreen (CB515-1HT) or not (CB515-1H), it will be available in October at $400 or €500.
Acer Swift 5, Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5
The Acer Swift 5 is highly impressive because it weighs less than 1kg, surprisingly light for a 14” laptop. To pull this off, Acer used magnesium-lithium alloys for the top and bottom and magnesium-aluminum alloys for the palm rest.
The laptop is powered by 8th gen Intel Core processors and features a 1080p touchscreen (IPS panel). Also on the menu is 8 hours battery life. The Swift 5 will launch in Europe and the US in December for €1,100 / $1,000 and a bit earlier in China (November) for CNY 7,500.
The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is advertised as the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 with discrete graphics – GeForce MX150 specifically. The GPU and an 8th gen Intel Core i7 are cooled with the new Dual LiquidLoop tech.
This device has a 13.5” IPS display (2,256 x 1,504 resolution) and weighs just 1.15kg (with the keyboard detached). The screen features Wacom EMR tech with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and comes with an embedded stylus.
The Switch 7 Black Edition is launching in December for €2,000 in Europe and $1,700 in the US.
If you prefer a 180° hinge instead of a detachable keyboard, the Acer Spin 5 comes in 13” and 15” models, which weigh 1.5kg and “just over” 2kg respectively. As you may hav guessed, you’re looking at an 8th gen Intel Core processor with up to 16GB of RAM. The 15” model has an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU and up to 13 hours of battery life.
The Acer Spin 5 will go on sale in September for $800 in the US. In Europe, you’ll have to pony up €900 or €1,000 for the 13” and 15” models respectively.