In April, Acer used its current promotional tie-in to the upcoming movie, Star Trek into Darkness, to tease us about an upcoming PC that seemed to be a laptop/desktop hybrid. Today, Acer finally revealed the product to the public as the Aspire R7.
An Acer press release states the 15.6 inch Windows 8 PC has a special hinge, called Ezel, that lets users move the touchscreen display up and back from the keyboard, allowing the laptop to look more like an all-in-one PC rather than a standard notebook. The hinge can also move the display around so it can show the screen to another person while the user types on the keyboard. The Aspire R7's display can also flip to go on top of the keyboard to have it act like a large tablet.
In terms of hardware, Acer says the Aspire R7 will have an Intel Core i5 processor, 6 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive with a 24 GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard. The sound system consists of a Dolby Home Theater v4 and four 8-watt speakers.
The Acer Aspire R7 will officially go on sale on May 17th, but it will be exclusive (at least for now) to Best Buy stores. Pricing will start at $999 and pre-orders will be taken at BestBuy.com from now until May 16th. People who pre-order the PC during that time period will get a free downloadable copy of the PC port of the latest Star Trek game.
Source: Acer email press release | Image via Neowin