Acer is expanding its Aspire Switch line of 2-in-1 tablets with the largest, most powerful model yet. The Acer Aspire Switch 12 is a tablet with a 12.5 inch, full HD display and an Intel Core M Broadwell processor.
Like other members of the Switch family, it gets its name from the optional keyboard dock which lets you use the tablet like a notebook. But this time Acer’s doing things a little differently.
While the Switch 10 and Switch 11 are basic slate-style tablets with detachable keyboard docks, the Switch 12 is a tablet with a built-in stand that you can use to prop up the computer like an all-in-one notebook whether you’re using a keyboard or not.
There is a keyboard, and you can either attach it to transform the tablet into a notebook or you can place the keyboard in front of the tablet and use it as a wireless device.
Acer says this design makes the Aspire Switch 12 a 5-mode computer rather than a simple 2-in-1 device. Those modes include notebook, pad, display, tent, and desktop).
The system features as 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS touchscreen display, stereo front-facing speakers, Intel’s low-power Core M processor, and a fanless design. It has a micro USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, and 2×2 WiFi. Acer says you should be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life.
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 will be available with 60GB and 120GB solid state drives when it hits the US and Canada in early 2015.
We first heard about the Switch 12 last month when several European stores started showing listings for the multi-mode tablet. If those retail listings are correct, the Switch 12 will also have 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2MP camera.