So two days ahead of Acer’s product launch event in New York on April 27, and I am being told that Acer have followed the lead of some of the Chinese tablet brands when it comes to positioning their tablets, by opting for a cheaper yet powerful processor, in a tablet with otherwise high specs. The Chuwi Hi13 is the best example of just such a tablet.
(UPDATED: Acer have now unveiled this tablet as the Acer Switch 3.)
Last year Acer launched the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 “Skylake” powered Acer Switch Alpha 12, which I’ve always found to be good value for money with the Intel Core i3 processor. But now in 2017, Acer is coming out with a new similar looking Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet called Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro, which I am being told by a previously reliable leaker will be powered by an Intel Pentium N4200 “Apollo Lake” processor, instead of an Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processor.
Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro is still supposed to retain Acer’s fanless LiquidLoop cooling system though according to what I hear from Taiwan. It’s also supposed to be cheaper, which kind of explains the move on the side of processor swap. So this could be an interesting tablet launch.
And as we can see from the Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro pictures, it looks very similar to the predecessor, with its steel frame kickstand and mostly similar keyboard, which was always good on the predecessor. The ports have changed sides though, from the right side to the left side.
– Tom Bowen