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  • Acer Reveals New Windows, Android Tablets



    Acer Inc., the prominent PC manufacturer, is joining the bustling business of tablet production with multiple new tablet offerings that - you guessed it - aim to take a bite out of Apple's present lock on the tablet computer market. According to the executives at Acer, the new offerings include five-inch, seven-inch, and ten-inch touchscreen tablets that run on Google's Android software. Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci said that a Windows based 10-inch tablet (with AMD processor and two 1.3-megapixel cameras) is also forthcoming.

    By spring 2011 the above slate will be available (although a February release is planned for the 10-inch Windows 7 tablet). The 10-inch Android tablet, however, seems to be generating the most enthusiasm. This particular model will serve up both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to complement its multi-touch input and an internal gyroscope. Yet despite all the initial interest provoked by the 10-inch Android tablet, it's 7-inch counterpart could be the biggest seller, as it delivers a 1280-by-800-pixel display and a forward-facing HD camera. The HDMI port is still there, as are 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities. Also thrown in is dual-core processor and the ability to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

    Additionally on Tuesday, Acer announced a dual-screen tablet concept known as "Iconia" (see PC World demo video above). Instead of delivering a standard below-screen keyboard, the device offers a second touch-panel display. Acer calls the innovative concept device a brand new tablet experience, "combining the versatility of a conventional 14 form factor with a unique dual-screen layout and highly intuitive all-point multi-touch functionality, which means you can use all the fingers of your hands to navigate Iconia."

    Obviously, prospective tablet buyers have much to consider if not already sold on the idea of an iPad. As a new tablet - or concept tablet - is seemingly unveiled every week, it gets a little easier to understand the comments of JT Wang, chairman of Acer, who told the Economic Daily News (via DigiTimes) last summer that the iPad's market share will soon be only 20% to 30%. Citing Apple's closed platform more than increased tablet competition, Wang says Apple's iPad simply won't be able to compete as it once did as a crowded field of tablets will soon elevate new players to the top of the heap.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Acer Reveals New Windows, Android Tablets started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. ev_ol's Avatar
      ev_ol -
      Where did they get 1.3 mp cameras? Do they even make those anymore, or did acer dig them out of a dumpster somewhere?
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Until we see some more details I don't think it's gonna change the game.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      two 1.3 megapixals...pass! half the reason I want an ipad 2 is because of the 2 HD cameras...and the other half includes speed, battery life(although 10 hours is superb!!), and weight. Definitely getting the ipad 2 over this!
      Im still sold on the iPad 2 as well. If I were to get a different tablet it's going to be in the future were there more powerful