Acer have just launched updated Aspire Switch 10 dockable tablets with one starting at just $279. The high-end version has a full HD screen, digitizer pen support and gets a Gorilla Glass lid.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW5-013) is the entry-level model and will be based on the existing Intel Atom Z3735. The low pricing means the entry level model will have just 1GB of RAM which means Acer could be looking towards a richer Windows Store environment with and capability with Windows 10. 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 1280×800 resolution and a tablet weight of 630 grams aren’t groundbreaking but there’s a battery life of up to 12 hours and a Gorilla Glass touchscreen. Availability in China starts now with Europe following up in May and North America in June.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 2015 (SW5-015) will come with a 1920 x 1200 screen and an unspecified Intel Atom CPU. Availability for Europe (€449) is planned for June with North America ($399) having to wait until August. 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage (with optional hard disk) and USB 2.0 ports are the same as on previous Switch 10 models. Full specifications available in our product database.
Reinforced with an elegant white Gorilla® Glass 3 back cover, the tablet is resilient and the silver gray keyboard dock is an aesthetically appealing match. In addition, customers can purchase the optional Acer Active Pen for this model, which supports both passive and active pen input without requiring a digitizer.
Like the Switch 10 E it weighs 600 grams / 1.2KG but Acer quote a lower battery life: Up to 7 hours from a 22 Wh battery. This is no all-dayer.
Given that the specifications don’t differ much from the previous version of the Switch 10 and that the price is higher it’s difficult to see how Acer can launch this without an Atom X5 or X7 CPU.
All products are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrades.
The microsite for today’s Acer event is here.