Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Acer Switch... Ubuntu Edge who?



Now that Acer is crying in the same boat as Steve Ballmer over Windows 8.  Perhaps they will move into a territory of convergence :).  Hey why not?  The Ubuntu Edge campaign will fail (if not already failed by the time you read this) and Canonical gave mobile device manufacturers a great idea...

Let's take two products that have shown to work in the consumer space:  Android and ChromeOS (Chromebooks).  Acer, why not make a phone with say 64GB-128GB of storage space, 4GB of ram and a Samsung Exynos Quad core SoC (system on chip).  Put that all behind a nice 4.7inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen, load it up with Android 4.3 and the latest version of Chrome OS (you will need to work closely with Google on this one).

Allow the device to dual "switch" Chrome OS and Android 4.3 seamlessly.  When the device is docked... magic, it switches into Chrome OS and supports an external monitor/keyboard/mouse connection. When away from the dock... it is Android 4.3.  Perhaps offer a more robust office suite solution and rock-solid Citrix/RDP clients bundled with the phone.  Of course all of your data would be backed up to Google Drive, heck Google, go ahead and throw in 2 years of free 100GB of storage on Drive.  As another bonus feature, when the device is docked it enables Chromecast functionality (for those group movie and music nights).

Call this device the Acer Switch!  Just imagine the possibilities... create a laptop style dock with 24 hour battery, 11.6inch display and full keyboard with webcam/microphone.  Slide the Acer Switch into the laptop dock via a side slide out tray... Voila, you have a Chromebook!  Create a desktop dock that suffices additional multimedia connections.

The Acer Switch, innovation is always on!

Price points:
  • 64GB Acer Switch: 399USD
  • 128GB Acer Switch: 499USD
  • Standard desktop dock: 49.99USD
  • Laptop Style dock: 129.99USD
Mr. Jim Wong you know where to reach me...



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