The new design still offers a variety of use-options: tablet mode, laptop mode, "tent" mode and, for lack of a better term, tablet stand mode. Like the original, the 12 S has a 12.5-inch display, but this time around it's available in 4K as well as 1080p. Powering that screen is a choice of sixth-generation Intel Core M processors paired with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and you'll also have a choice of 128GB or 256GB SSD storage.
With the new design comes a big change in I/O, most notably with the switch to Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Type-C for power. That diminutive port can also output to displays and handle high-speed data transfers. Acer would, we're sure, love you to buy one of its new USB Type-C monitors to match. If you already have an external display, you're in luck because unlike Apple's MacBook, USB Type-C is not the only option here. There are also two USB 3.0 ports and a Micro HDMI out, with a MicroSD reader and headphone socket rounding off the port selection.
With the upgraded specs come a much higher price. While the old Aspire Switch 12 clocked in at $700 or so, the new model launches next month from $999.