Sometime near the middle of this year, we did manage to spend some hands-on time with the Acer Aspire R7, but it seems that said hybrid device is due for a refresh. Acer has just announced a new version of the Aspire R7, where it will sport the version number R7-572, while featuring Windows 8.1 installed right out of the box to get you started, apart from a slew of new additions. Acer claims that this new version of the 15.6”Aspire R7 will be accompanied by an Acer Active Pen, a stylus that is said to work well with the touchscreen gesture controls that can be found in Windows 8.1.
This active stylus will rely on electromagnetic induction technology where it can respond to different degrees of pressure sensitivity just like an actual pen, resulting in it delivering a greater range of pen strokes and more natural writing. Not only that, the new Acer Aspire R7 will be accompanied by a set of Acer Touch Tools apps which will include MemoryBinder, a photo app that Acer claims allows users to add paint brush effects to images, while letting them arrange photos in order for one to convey a story in an unbroken manner.
Expect the new Acer Aspire R7 to roll out in Europe, the Middle East and Africa sometime before the end of this year with a starting price point of 999 Euros. Hopefully the full hardware list will be revealed in due time, too. [Press Release]
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