Acer teases wearable smartband, new Chromebook

Acer says it will be launching a wearable smartband sometime this summer.

The 17mm device for the wrist is reportedly designed to support basic activity tracking along with smartphone notifications.

Known as the Acer Liquid Leap, the smartband will likely be paired as a bundle with the company’s upcoming Acer Liquid J smartphone. 

In other Acer news, the company is also planning to debut a new Chromebok equipped with Intel’s Core i3 Haswell CPU.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the only Chrome laptop to feature an Intel Core series processor up until now has been the $1299 Google Chromebook Pixel, which packs a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU.

Although Asus has yet to release an official spec list, the corporation did confirm that the new model will be equipped with the same chassis as the current C720 line of 11.6 inch Chromebooks.

“In other words, don’t be surprised if the Core i3 model is faster… but continues to have a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a non-removable battery and other limitations that affect the company’s current line of Chromebooks,” said Linder. “For the right price, it might be easy to overlook those shortcoming, though.”