IFA 2013 | Acer refreshes the R7 with a Haswell processor
Acer has presented a slew of new products in the lead up to IFA in Berlin. Of particular interest to many is a an upgrade to the intriguing Aspire R7.
While there is no shortage of convertible Windows 8 laptop/tablets on the market these days, the R7 is one of the most innovative and practical in its application. The device offers a number of screen positions making it more useful in nearly any situation.
Where the R7 fell flat was in the use of an older generation processor. Other (arguably) similar products such as the Sony Vaio Duo 13 and the upcoming Samsung Ativ Q both boast far more impressive battery life due to the use of the latest Intel Haswell processors. Acer has corrected this imbalance and has decided to add in another feature the Sony and Samsung products already had – an active digitizer stylus (Acer Active Pen). The Taiwanese company is also bundling the device with a number of apps to take advantage of the new pen. Unfortunately there's no news on the technology used to implement it. We do know the stylus is pressure sensitive, but we'll have to wait for more details.
The revamped Acer Aspire R7 will be available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in Q4 of this year with prices starting at 999 euros (US$1320). Prices and availability for North America have not yet been announced.