Acer Extend

Acer Extend concept Android phone and laptop dock is quirky, aims for low price (hands-on)

BERLIN -- Acer today unveiled a new concept for extending the usefulness of your phone, called, appropriately enough, Extend.

Extend is a laptop-like accessory Acer says could be sold in a bundle with an Android phone for as little as €400 (roughly $530 US, or £340). The two are connected by an MHL cable, rather than docking directly like the similar Asus PadFone.

Acer says that cable saves money, reduces lag, and makes it easier to take a call -- and it lets you use the phone's sensors, too, as I saw with a demo of perennial Android favourite Riptide GP. I controlled my daring jet-ski racer by tilting the phone, with the damp action playing out on the Extend's large screen.

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