Acer Switch Alpha 12 now available for pre-order
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With a starting price of just under 800 Euros, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 undercuts the current Microsoft Surface Pro 4 by 100 Euros. Furthermore, the Acer solution is sold with the keyboard already included unlike with Microsoft's tablet where the Type Cover is sold separately. The Switch Alpha 12 carries a Core i5-6200U CPU, 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD, and a 12-inch IPS display at a resolution of 2140 x 1440 pixels.
Battery life for the fan-less system is rated for up to 8 hours. The Acer Active Pen stylus, however, is sold separately unlike on the Surface Pro 4. The MicroSD slot allows for additional storage space while the USB 3.1 Type-C port provides both power and more connectivity options with adapters. 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO is responsible for wireless connectivity.
Although the base configuration can be pre-ordered for 800 Euros through Amazon, the higher-end configuration will retail for as much as 1300 Euros with more powerful specifications including a Core i7-6500U, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD. A mid-range SKU will also be available with the Core i5-6200U, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD for 1100 Euros.