Back in May, Acer announced the Aspire R7, a rather unique looking Windows 8 notebook that had a special hinge for its display. That hinge let the screen flip around and allowed the Aspire R7 to be used as an all-in-one PC. Today, Acer announced it will release a new version of the Aspire R7, with the version number R7-572, that will have Windows 8.1 installed out of the box and include a few new additions.
Acer says that the new version of the 15.6 inch Aspire R7 will come with a an Acer Active Pen, a stylus that the company claims can be used in combination with the touchscreen gesture controls of Windows 8.1. It adds:
With N-trig DuoSense, this active stylus uses electromagnetic induction technology and responds to varying degrees of pressure sensitivity like an actual pen, resulting in a greater range of pen strokes and more natural writing.
The Acer Aspire R7 will also come with a set of Acer Touch Tools apps that include MemoryBinder, a photo app that Acer says lets users add paint brush effects to images and lets them arrange photos so they tell a story. The Screen Grasp app can capture images so they can be personalized and then sent out to a user's various social networks. The AccuFinger app is supposed to help people interact with smaller items on a touchscreen than they normally would with their fingers. Finally, the OneNote-like Scrapboard app is supposed to help collect texts and images from the Internet to share with others.
While Acer didn't reveal the hardware specs inside the new Acer Aspire R7, it is supposed to be released in Europe, the Middle East and Africa sometime before the end of 2013, with a starting price of 999 euros. There's no word yet on when or if it will be released in the US.
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