Acer is arguably the headliner of the first few hours of pre-IFA product announcements, attracting plenty of media attention with a flashy Android phablet and Windows 10 convertible 5.5 incher.
Samsung will only travel to Berlin to (re-) introduce the Gear S2 Tizen smartwatch to European audiences, HTC reportedly plans to keep its One A9 card close to the chest for a while longer, and LG is likely still working out the capabilities and target audience of the G4 Pro.
The Android landscape therefore needs a dark horse OEM to step up to the plate at IFA 2015, and Acer seems to be doing just that, also killing a second bird with, well, a second stone. Very much committed to both Google’s dominant mobile OS and Microsoft’s struggling platform, the Taiwanese device manufacturer has lifted the veil on the Predator 6 and Jade Primo phones.
Of course, classifying the latter in a conventional gadget category doesn’t do the inventive hybrid justice, since the Jade Primo can seamlessly transform into a full-fledged computer via a docking station, large physical keyboard and compatible mouse.
Running Windows 10 in both smartphone and PC modes, the convertible takes advantage of the Continuum feature, and according to Acer, it’s actually the world’s first product to do so. Unfortunately, there’s no release date or price tag attached to the 2-in-1’s name, while as far as specifications are concerned, we only know a few fundamentals: hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processing power, Super AMOLED 5.5-inch display, 21 MP dual-LED flash camera when used as a traditional phone.
Less versatile and innovative, but possibly exactly as wacky, the Predator 6 can squarely work as a gaming-friendly handheld. The large, uniquely designed 6 incher sports a phenomenal four front-facing speakers for “immersive sound”, deca-core MediaTek SoC for raw speed, 4 GB RAM for silky smooth multitasking, 21 MP rear cam for shutterbug satisfaction, and Android 5.1 Lollipop for software stability.
Even without the gaming angle, that sounds mighty impressive for a manufacturer almost completely focused on low-end devices thus far, though once again, retail costs and availability remain concealed.