Acer teases Holo 360 smartphone with integrated 360-degree cameras
Amidst the slew of new laptop announcements from Acer at the New York event last week, the Taiwanese manufacturer also touched on a prototype Android smartphone called the Holo 360. Since it is in its early stages of development, not much information was divulged including its resolution, processor, or even when or if we would ever see such a device in the retail market. The Holo 360 is notable for its integration of 360-degree cameras onto a standard Android smartphone with WiFi and LTE connectivity. 360-degree camera attachments like the Samsung 360 would be unnecessary.
The prototype that was on show, however, looked quite thick and boxy with a very low screen-to-body ratio. It's definitely interesting to see Acer spend valuable R&D time on a device like the Holo 360 when competing manufacturers are trending towards bezel-free designs and flexible OLED displays. While panoramas will indubitably be quite impressive, its market appeal may run the risk of being too niche especially if the current design doesn't significantly improve.