TAIPEI: ACER HAS SHOWN OFF its wearable fitness tracker, the Acer Liquid Leap, for the first time at the Computex computer conference in Taiwan.
Acer debuted the Liquid Leap on stage at a press event in New York last month along with a slew of convertible laptops and tablets, and revealed working models and more detailed specifications of the wearable device in a low key press briefing at the Grant Hyatt hotel in Taipei on Monday.
The Liquid Leap is Acer's first wearable device and features a touchscreen smart band with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification technology as well as wireless music control. As with most smart wearable devices, the Leap tracks users' fitness including steps, running distance, calories burnt, and sleeping cycle.
Acer said the Liquid Leap will act as an "always on" 24/7 device with incoming call and SMS notification "so users will never miss a call". The music control function lets users access the music library on their smartphone, and play, pause and switch to previous or next songs.
Dubbed as the smallest touch device by Acer, the Liquid Leap has a 1in touchscreen sitting in a rubber wristband with a simple pin clasp. It will come in an array of colours, including Moonstone White, Mineral Black, Aquamarine, Fragrant Pink, and Vivid Orange.
The Liquid Leap is said to last between five to seven days on one charge, which will make it fare much better than Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch, which we found lasted around four days in everyday use, though this is something we'll have to test in a full review. The Leap also supports the waterproof IPX7 standard.
The Liquid Leap will be sold together with the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, which was also unveiled in New York last month and is now on display in Taipei to give us a closer look.
Acer's Liquid Jade is extremely slim, measuring just 6.8mm at its thinnest point with a curved design featuring a 5in IPS HD Gorilla Glass 3 display. Running Android 4.4 Kitkat, the Liquid Jade also boasts a 13MP rear-facing camera with 0.3 second focus time and a F1.8 aperture.
Acer said the Leap will launch within two to three months and will only work with the Liquid Jade at first, as it will come bundled with the smartphone, but as it's connected over Bluetooth 4.0, a representative told us it is likely to work with any Android smartphone soon after launch. Acer couldn't confirm how much it would cost, but promised it would be less than €100.
Alongside the Liquid Leap and the Liquid Jade, Acer also announced three low-priced Android smartphones at Computex on Monday, the €79 Liquid Z200 and the €199 Liquid E600 and E700 as the firm pushes into the Android smartphone market. µ
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