At an event in New York City this week, Acer unveiled a series of new notebooks, tablets, and devices that straddle the line such as the Acer Switch 10 and 11 2-in-1 tablets and Acer Aspire R 11 convertible notebook.
The company also took the opportunity to show off a prototype of something a little different: the abTouchPhone is basically a desk phone with a built-in Android tablet.
I guess the idea is to bring smartphone-like features to an office phone. Instead of a basic speed dial feature, you can access your full contact list and tap a button to make a call or send an instant message.
The phone could also have some advantages over a smartphone, since there’s room for a large speaker at the bottom which you could probably use both for spearkerphone functions or for music playback. Throw a camera in the tablet section and you could also make video calls.
It’s not clear if Acer will actually bring the abTouchPhone to market, but it’s not the craziest prototype I’ve ever seen.