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While the world is holding out for more information on dual boot Windows 8 and Android devices, hardware makers are busy readying and launching their hybrid solutions.

ASUS in particular has found notable success with such devices.

And a similar device from Acer also surfaced online last month. The Aspire Switch 10 was hyped up as a pretty spectacular 3-in-1 laptop and tablet hybrid powered by Windows 8.1. Of course, it was an unconfirmed rumor back then.

But even though this report, again, is unofficial, it does reveal the complete specifications of this hybrid device, lending weight to the news that Acer might be gearing up for launch.

As this report states, Acer is not calling this device the Iconia W5 or Switch 10, but instead, the company has labeled this hybrid as the Aspire Switch SW5.

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And as reported earlier, the device will come with a keyboard dock that can be used to transform the tablet into a fully featured laptop. Chances are that the dock will also house an extra battery to prolong the time the device can be used.

Now, while previous rumors claimed that Acer was bundling a full HD display on this 10.1-inch device, it now appears that it might offer a serviceably standard resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.

The rest of the specifications are pretty okay too, what with an Intel Atom Z3746 Bay Trail processor with maybe 2GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage capacity. The device will reportedly arrive later this month with a price tag in and around the $510 range, which again, is swell.

We might have official details after Acer unveils it at a New York event.

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  1. It looks pretty neat. I think the hardware is beautiful and it has potential. However, I don’t think it’s worth $510.

  2. It looks cool, but I don’t get the appeal. If the tablet is just as good as a computer, why do we need to make it into a computer? But that’s just me.

    • Because someone like to have a real keyboard. Besides, the dock station could provide extra battery life and cover protection.

  3. Bill Franklin / April 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm /Reply

    This will be a fad. As I mentioned in another post, these companies will benefit more from offering different products. A tablet, phone, desktop computer, laptop, etc. This shrinks the amount of options and will hurt the bottom line.

    • I agree, Bill. I don’t see why manufacturers and big companies are so eager to get this out. I get that it’s cool technology and may seem like the natural progression. However, if you look to the second level, this won’t be a good thing long term in my view.

  4. Aesthetically appealing. There’s no doubt about that. The price is pretty steep and I assume most people don’t want a table like a computer if they already have a computer.

  5. Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme / April 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm /Reply

    Hybrid detachable form factor is the way to go. Speaking from my experience with my Asus vivotab tf810c. This device has the aesthetics and functionality to go with . For a device released in late 2012, I’m yet to find any device that comes close. Only problem is the weak clovertrail atom. The 11.6″ is the perfect size, not too big and definitely not too small. Wish Asus would get their acts together and release another version with the next iteration of Intel atom processor. They shot themselves in the feet by releasing the useless Trio instead of sticking to the vivotab.

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