Acer is holding an event by themselves on April 23 in New York called Next 2015, where several products are expected to be unveiled.
One of them now is now rumored to be a new Aspire Switch 11 V tablet (model name SW5-173) with a Intel Core M processor. The existing 11.6-inch Acer Aspire Switch 11 Windows 8.1 2-in-1’s are currently powered by either a Intel Atom Z3745 processor, or a choice of Intel Core i3 or i5 processors.
But according to tabtech.de, there’s a Intel Core M-5Y10c powered model in the pipeline.
The Aspire Switch 11 tablets are interesting tablets on paper, but Acer’s outsourced manufacturing delivered a configuration that gave the Intel Core tablets seriously poor real world battery life compared to the same offerings from Acer’s competitors.
A battery life under 4 hours is unacceptable in my opinion (which may explain why the Intel Core i3 model Acer Aspire Switch 11 is on sale now), and this has been the reality for a lot of former owners. Things are better on the Intel Atom model, but then you lose the processing power, which you probably want in a 11.6 2-in-1.
An Intel Core M processor can theoretically increase battery life, but in the end it really depends on the configuration of the manufacturer Acer use for this tablet. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that Acer will impress us all in New York.
– Tom Bowen