It looks like Acer is preparing to bring its new 11.6 inch convertible tablet-style notebooks to the US. The FCC has posted documents related to an unnamed Acer laptop that has a touchscreen display that can be swiveled and folded down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode. The pictures show the laptop with three different brand names: Acer, Packard Bell, and Gateway. Acer owns the other two companies, and it appears that these are basically the same laptop in every respect but branding.

So it seems pretty safe to say that what we’re looking at are the Acer Aspire 1820P and Gateway EC18T and Packard Bell Butterfly Touch. It’s not entirely clear if all three versions will be available in the US, but they’re all visible on the FCC web site.

You can also find generic user manuals for Acer laptops and touchscreen laptops on the FCC site, which feature helpful instructions for turning on a notebook, rotating the screen, and using a stylus and on-screen keyboard. The laptop does feature a sensor that will automatically rotate the display orientation if you shift the computer from landscape to portrait mode.

There appear to be two similar listings with the FCC: The HLZ-AR5B93 and the HLZ-AR5B95. I haven’t really been able to spot the differences between these two models, but there are internal photos of the AR5B93 (PDF link) if that’s your kind of thing.

All of these models will likely have Intel CULV processors, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics, 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, and ship with between 2GB and 4GB of RAM and between 250GB and 500GB of hard drive space. HDMI, VGA, and 3 USB ports will come standard.

via New Netbook Reviews

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2 replies on “Acer, Gateway convertible notebooks visit the FCC web site”

  1. All well and good until the subject of price comes around. And, let me guess…err $675 or $775, right?

    No deal!

    I can respect the manufactures being desperate to get people to buy computers with more meaty margins, but this is not the way to do it. If you want a meaty margin then sell the basic kit above for $430, and one with 3G, GPS, SSD, and orientation sensing for the screen for $650.

    A basic Atom or CULV ‘booklet’ not matter if it has a touch screen or not is still a netbook. If you want a thick margin you have to really pile on features that make its NOT a netbook is power and features. There really is not “sneaky” way to charge $200 more just by tossing on a touch screen. Everyone sees through that sort of bad deal intuitively.

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