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Brexit could impact operations of Samsung, LG and Acer in the UK

Samsung Galaxy C7

While the UK might be equally divided on breaking apart from the European Union (Brexit), the repercussions in the tech sphere are already starting to show. According to multiple revelations, Samsung, LG, and Acer are not exactly pleased with this news. A Korean report goes on to say that Samsung might even consider shifting its headquarters out of London.

We are not aware where Samsung would be moving, but this doesn’t bode well for UK fans of the company. The region hasn’t traditionally been a stronghold for these manufacturers and with the Brexit news coming out, imported goods such as smartphones and other peripherals are expected to be more expensive. The fact that the GBP (British Pound) has dropped in value won’t help either.

The Brexit vote saw 51.9% of the UK’s population voting in favor, thus sliding past by a very narrow margin. Thanks to Brexit and the ongoing sales decline from the past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if the companies slowly phase out their business in the region.

Source: The Korea Herald, Digitimes

Via: Pocketnow

The Acer Liquid Zest Plus with a 5,000 mAh battery to launch in July for $199

Acer Liquid Zest Plus

Acer Liquid Zest Plus

The #Acer #LiquidZestPlus smartphone has received an official arrival date now thanks to a revelation made by the company. Acer has mentioned that this affordable device with a 5,000 mAh battery will be available for $199 starting July, so there’s still a couple of months before you can get your hands on the device.

Interestingly, the handset was originally said to be priced at $249 when it was announced, but it seems like the company has had a change of heart since then. The Liquid Zest Plus comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, the quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6735 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a gargantuan 5,000 mAh battery.

As you can see, the hardware on board the handset is pretty decent and allows users to get a lot more done given the massive battery. The price tag of just under $200 doesn’t hurt either. Overall, this seems like a good package and might strike a chord with the American populace.

What do you think?

Via: Fone Arena

Acer releases new Chromebook with an all-aluminum body and 14-hour battery life

Acer Chromebook 14

Acer Chromebook 14

Taiwanese manufacturer #Acer has just released an upgraded version of the #Chromebook14, which comes with a premium design as well as an attractive price tag of just $299.99. For this price, you’re also getting a 14-hour battery life and a Full HD display on board, making this a truly attractive piece of machinery.

The Chromebook 14 has always been competitively priced by the companies (Acer and HP) and it’s good to see that the trend is continuing with newer models as well. This appears to be a U.S. only offering for the time being, so don’t expect to grab it if you live outside North America. You can pre-order the new Acer Chromebook 14 from Amazon right away, while Best Buy will start carrying it in April.

Acer Chromebook 14 - Back

In addition to the 14-inch Full HD display, the Chromebook 14 also comes with 32GB of flash storage as well as 4GB of RAM underneath. There’s also going to be a model with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM underneath, but Acer hasn’t announced the prices or availability information for that variant as of yet.

Source: Amazon (pre-order link)

Acer’s new Liquid Jade 2 comes with 1TB of hybrid storage

Acer Liquid Jade 2

#Acer has just announced the #LiquidJade2 smartphone at the ongoing MWC 2016 event in Barcelona. The handset is your usual flagship grade offering from Acer, but with an attractive twist. The company mentions that the phone comes with up to 1TB of user accessible storage for music, videos, photos as well as apps. The company calls this “hybrid” storage.

So here’s how this works. The Liquid Jade 2 comes with 32GB of onboard storage plus a microSD card slot which can take cards of up to 200GB. The company uses its technology to merge this with cloud storage to give users the feel of native storage. The functioning of this is yet to be checked out, so we wouldn’t jump to conclusions at the moment. But if apps and other video content can be stored like on a native storage device, this feature has the ability to impress.

As for the other hardware specs of the handset, the Liquid Jade 2 comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED display, a 21-megapixel camera on the back, an 8-megapixel front camera, a hexa core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 1TB of the aforementioned hybrid storage and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Acer’s Iconia One 8 tablet launching in the U.S. next month for $99

Acer Iconia One 8

Acer Iconia One 8

The #Acer #IconiaOne8 tablet has just been launched by the Chinese manufacturer carrying a budget price tag and a more than capable hardware specs sheet. Unlike most budget offerings that are released by the company, this one will be hitting the North American markets as well, and only for $99.

The Iconia One 8 (B1-850) packs a decent 8 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), 1GB of RAM, a quad core MediaTek chipset, Android 5.1 Lollipop as well as a 4,600 mAh battery. The hardware is fairly budget-like as you would imagine given the price tag, but it would no doubt appeal to a wide range of customers in the U.S. thanks to that sub-$100 pricing.

The device will be officially up for grabs in the U.S. in February, so you should find the device while you’re strolling through your local Best Buy outlet or Walmart sometime next month. The tablet will also be available in Europe, Middle East and the Asian markets carrying a similar price tag.


Source: Acer

Via: Android Police

Get a Nexus Player for just $45 on Newegg

Nexus Player

Nexus Player

The Nexus Player, Google’s flagship device for Android TV, just got a whole lot cheaper today. For just $45 on Newegg, you can get one of your own.

To get this deal, you will need the coupon code “VCOSINGLE15”, which will knock $55 off the usual price of $99. This is a huge savings for the device, which is mainly Google’s competitor the Apple TV that got a recent upgrade of its own.

If you want a streaming device that works with Android and is more powerful than the Chromecast, this is a very good option, especially at today’s discounted price. Remember to use the code “VCOSINGLE15” at checkout, or you won’t get the deal.

Source: Newegg via Android Central

Stylish looking Acer Predator 8 tablet now on pre-order

Acer Predator 8

Acer Predator 8

#Acer unveiled the #Predator8 gaming tablet in September, which has now officially gone on pre-order carrying a price tag of $299.99. The tablet comes with enhanced features like four-way surround sound speakers, which will make your gaming or multimedia experience very pleasurable.

The tablet comes with a 8 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, the quad core Intel Atom Z8700 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), Android 5.1 Lollipop and a relatively large 4,550 mAh battery. The tablet is available for pre-order directly from Acer USA’s website, so there are no other retailers out there who are offering the device at the moment.

The Acer Predator 8 is an excellent value given the kind of hardware on offer. Although Acer markets this as a gaming tablet, we believe it will strike a chord with all sorts of audiences across the board. Interested in snatching up the device? Head over to the link below for more details.

Source: Acer

Via: Liliputing

[Deal] Acer Chromebook with 11.6 inch display and 4GB RAM for just $129.99

Acer Chromebook Deal

Acer Chromebook Deal

The Acer Chromebook can now be purchased on the cheap, thanks to a deal running over at eBay. The 11.6 inch version of the Acer Chromebook (C720-2844) can be purchased for just $129.99. This variant also comes with 4GB of RAM on board, letting you do a lot more out of the box. We must mention however that this is a manufacturer refurbished model, which shouldn’t be a concern as the device is restored to its original state.

The listing also mentions that all packaging will be available including the accessories, so it will almost be like getting a new unit but with a cheap price tag. This particular Chromebook from Acer is currently selling for $229.95 on Amazon, so you’re saving quite a bit on the device from this eBay deal. Make sure you head over to the link below for more details.

The Chromebook is an exciting prospect for users who work mostly on the cloud and rely on Google services and apps like Sheets, Docs, Slides etc. Does this deal strike your fancy? Sound off below.

Source: eBay

Via: Android Headlines

Acer Iconia Tab 10 for Education launched at $299

Acer Iconia Tab 10 For Education

Acer has just launched the Iconia Tab 10 for Education with an asking price of just $299. As the name aptly puts it, the tablet is targeted towards educational institutions and will be available for purchase in the U.S. and Europe starting next month. In European markets the pricing of the tablet has been set at €299.

Acer has joined the Google Education ecosystem to ensure that educational institutions get more out of this new device. Here are a few important points mentioned by Acer in the press release:

  • Acer is working with Google to join the Google Education ecosystem, bringing accessible technology and richer resources to classrooms.
  • Equipped with NFC for setup and sharing capabilities; set up a whole classroom of tablets in minutes.
  • Durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 panel with reinforced mechanical design to withstand daily classroom use.
  • Crisp Full HD 10.1-inch Display with Zero Air Gap technology for better sunlight visibility, ideal for learning anywhere.
  • Acer Precision Plus for greater accuracy for writing, sketching.
  • Powered by an Intel® Atom™ processer, the tablet offers long battery life and performance to meet students’ demanding needs.

The Iconia Tab 10 comes with a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage options, an Intel Atom processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Via: Android Central

Best Buy selling the Acer Iconia Tab 8 for $139 and a $40 gift card

Iconia Tab 8

Iconia Tab 8

If you’re looking for a budget ranged Android tablet this Holiday season, you can get one from Best Buy starting today. The tablet on offer is the Acer Iconia Tab 8, which is a cheap and feature packed 8 inch tablet. The device is being offered for $139.99 which is a more than decent price for a tablet. Best Buy is also offering a $40 gift card along with the device to make the purchase more attractive for prospective buyers.

This plan is only available until December 23, assuming the stocks don’t run out by then. So make sure you give this deal a closer look if you want to get a budget tablet before Christmas. Best Buy is offering two day shipping on the device, but customers can also choose to pick up the tablet from a nearby outlet if they choose to take that route.

On the specs front, the Iconia Tab 8 comes with a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a 1.3 GHz Intel ATOM CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera and a 4,600 mAh battery.

Source: Best Buy

Via: Android Authority

Acer announces budget ranged Liquid Z500 smartphone

Acer Liquid Z500

Acer Liquid Z500

With the IFA event kicking off today, we were expecting to see a flurry of device launches. And even though the biggest announcement from the event has already been made (Samsung Galaxy Note 4), there are several other smartphones that are being shown off. One such smartphone is the Acer Liquid Z500 which broke cover a few hours ago. Immediately noticeable with the Liquid Z500 is the front facing speakers, which is a good feature to have on a midrange offering. Acer is also touting “CD quality” audio playback from the Liquid Z500, making it an instant choice for music lovers.

The smartphone has a slender body with a thickness of just 8.65mm and also features a 5 inch IPS display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back with no word on the processor or the display resolution yet. The smartphone will be available in Aquamarine Green, Sandy Silver and Titanium Black at launch. The company is yet to provide clarity on the launch markets, but it goes without saying that the device will be mostly targeted towards the Asian continent. Pricing is expected to be €149 ($196) at launch.

Via: Android Central

Acer announces Chromebook 13 packing a Tegra K1 SoC for $279

Acer Chromebook 13

Acer Chromebook 13

Renowned PC manufacturer Acer has announced a new Chrome OS notebook, dubbed the Chromebook 13 packing a high power NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile SoC. This chipset will help reduce battery consumption and provide decent backup compared to conventional notebooks or even Chromebooks. Going by the name, Acer promises that the device will offer battery backup of up to 13 hours on full charge, which is quite efficient for a portable device, but not unexpected considering that it does most of its operations on the cloud.

The Chromebook 13 packs a 13.3 inch 1366 x 768 resolution display,  2GB of RAM (expandable up to 4GB), 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to32GB), a standard SD card slot, two full sized USB 2.0 slots and an HDMI out port. This model will set you back by $279, which is respectable for a Chromebook.

Acer will also have a full HD display variant of the Chromebook 13 for $299, but customers will have to settle with only 11 hours of battery backup due to the increased pixel density. The company expects to launch both models sometime next month. Both variants will come in WiFi only configurations, so there’s no LTE or cellular option available. Amazon and Best Buy will start taking pre-orders soon.

Via: Engadget

Acer Announces Intel Powered Iconia One 7 Android Tablet

Acer announced two new 7-inch tablet models at the “A Touch More Connected” launch event in New York which will hit the market this coming June. The Iconia Tab 7 is device that combines the features of a tablet and a phone while the Iconia One 7 is a basic tablet that’s suited for multimedia tasks.

Acer Iconia One 7

We’ve already featured the Acer Iconia Tab 7 now it’s time to get to know the Acer Iconia One 7. As its name implies, the Iconia One 7 is a 7-inch tablet that runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to KitKat) and uses an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor. According to the company this device is best used for mobile entertainment as it is slim and comes in a variety of colors.

According to Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s BYOC and Tablet Business Group, “Since the beginning, Acer’s mission has been to break down the barriers between people and technology and make the latest technologies accessible to all people. The new Iconia One 7 is a great example of how we continue this heritage by offering mobile devices with great functionality, unique designs and excellent value.”

Technical Specifications

  • Display: 7-inch LED-backlit IPS,  1280×800 HD resolution
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ dual-core 1.6GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP2

What’s probably the highlight of this device is that it makes use of an Intel processor instead of an ARM-based processor. The Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ is a dual-core processor designed to be used on mobile devices. The advantage of using this processor is that aside from being cheap it comes with a hyperthreading feature which allows for the maximum usage of each core.

Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, said “Congratulations to Acer on delivering the Intel Atom-powered Acer Iconia One 7 to market. It offers superb gaming and entertainment performance, long battery life and a sleek form factor. We look forward to continuing our close work with Acer to bring additional innovative mobile devices to market that meet the ever-increasing demands of today’s consumers.”

The Acer Iconia One 7 is able to handle games and HD videos smoothly thanks to its use of the powerful PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics chip. Its display is best for reading ebooks, surfing the web, or simply watching videos. It is tested to have a 7 hour battery life on a single charge when watching 720p movies making it ideal for use when travelling.

This device will become available in the market this coming June and is expected to have a price of $130.

via acer 

Acer’s new Iconia Tab 7 is a tablet with calling functionality

Acer Iconia Tab 7

Acer Iconia Tab 7

Acer has just announced the new-gen Iconia Tab 7 budget tablet which can double up as a smartphone as well. Ideally, the tablet would be used with a bluetooth or a wired headset to make calls, which is a bit of an inconvenience for something which people are supposed to carry with them throughout the day. But if you don’t like headsets, Acer had added an earpiece as well, so that you can hold it against your ear like a regular smartphone. Not sure how practical that sounds, but Acer thinks the Iconia Tab 7 is very portable.

The tablet comes with a 7 inch display carrying a resolution of 1280 x 800, a quad core MediaTek chipset and Android 4.4 KitKat while Acer hasn’t shared details on other aspects of the hardware yet. There’s no 4G LTE on board, so users will have to settle with 3G networks on this one. Acer is primarily targeting Europe, Asia and the Middle East with the Iconia Tab 7 where it will be offered for a local equivalent of €149 ($206). There’s a special variant for Mexico in tow with a slightly lower display resolution of 1024 x 600 and a price tag of MX$1,990 ($152). We’re guessing this variant uses a slightly older chipset as well.

Acer also announced the Iconia One 7 tablet for $130 with availability slated to commence in May. This tablet features a 7 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, an Intel ATOM Z2560 processor and a set of cameras. However, this tablet currently runs on Android 4.2 with the KitKat update said to be on its way.

Acer Iconia One 7

Via: Engadget