Last night at Computex, Acer unveiled a couple of low-end Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablets, the Iconia Tab A110 and A210. The Acer 110 is a plain, rugged tablet with a matte finish and packs a 7-inch screen with 1024*600 resolution in its 11.4mm thick body. The A210 packs in a bigger 10.1-inch screen with 1280*800 resolution.
Both the tablets are powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and the usual bunch of sensors. Both the tablets are powered by a 3600mAh battery, and lack any sort of camera. Other features of the tablets include a microSD card slot, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, micro-HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and a micro-USB port.
Both the tablets are expected to go on sale sometime in Q3 of this year, and will be running on stock Ice Cream Sandwich. While Acer did not announce the pricing of the tablets, the devices are expected to cost around $200-250. The tablets are successor’s to the Iconia Tab A200 and A100, both of which failed to gain any significant market share. Hopefully, the low pricing of the A110 and A210 will help Acer in gaining a traction in the tablet market.
Acer, one of the world’s largest PC maker, has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its Tegra 2 packing Iconia Tab A500. Acer had initially stated that it will start rolling out the ICS update for the A500 28th April, but it looks like someone inside the company plugged the plug on the update a couple of days early.
The ICS update bumps the Android version to 4.0.3, and not Android 4.0.4, so technically Iconia A500 users will still not be running the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Reports from A500 users over at XDA forums suggest that the ICS update is still not yet available for the “Gen2″ variant of the handset. Also, if you own the A501 variant of the Iconia Tab instead of the A500 variant, there is some bad news for you. Acer does not plan on updating the A501 variant to Ice Cream Sandwich. The A501 variant of the Iconia Tab is sold by AT&T in the United States, and is also available in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Latin America.
It is surprising to see that small tablet makers like Asus, Sony and Acer have already updated their tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich, while there is still no ICS in sight for Samsung’s popular Galaxy Tab series.
Acer recently launched a new smartphone in its popular Liquid family, the Acer Liquid Glow. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Acer Liquid Glow is specially targeted at today’s fun-seeking, social-networking youth. According to the company, this smartphone brings the ultimate balance between style, performance and affordability. The Acer Liquid Glow will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.
Acer Liquid Glow features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, A-GPS, and more.
Acer has not yet announced the complete specs of this device. This handset comes with the Android Beam feature, which allows you to share anything like contacts, favorite apps, music or videos instantly through NFC. The Acer Liquid Glow will be available in 3 trendy colors – Sakura Pink, Alpine White, and Cat’s-eye Black. This handset will be released during the early summer of 2012.
Apart from selling PCs and laptops, Acer also manufactures Android powered handsets and tablets. While its Android devices have not exactly managed to gain as much popularity as the company would have hoped for, Acer still continues to support them.
Now, it looks like Acer has started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 tablet. While the company has not officially confirmed the news, quite a few A200 owners are reporting that they have already got the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their tablet.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 brings with it an improved performance, new widgets, enhanced UI and more.
This update makes the A200 the first tablet from Acer to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. It also makes the A200 among the first few Android tablets from any manufacturer to get the ICS update. Kudos to Acer for beating Samsung to this!
Hopefully, Acer will also be updating its other Iconia tablets like the A100, A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, sooner than later.
Acer has unveiled a bunch of new devices in a pre-CES event in Las Vegas, including ultrabooks, a new cloud service and a new tablet – the A700. The tablet had made a pre-CES special appearance in Russia late last year.
The A700 is among the first Android tablets to come with a 10.1-inch display with a whopping FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Internally, the tablet packs in a gig of RAM, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a bunch of sensors. While not the thinnest, the A700 is relatively thin with a 9.8mm waistline.
The A700 is powered by a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad-core SoC from Nvidia and runs in the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – with some minor modifications from Acer.
Acer did not announce anything about the pricing of the tablet or as to when the A700 will hit the retail stores. Compared to all the previous tablet offerings from Acer, the A700 is definitely a step up. Now, if only the company can price the tablet right and release it quickly as well.
Digitimes has learned from its sources that Acer and Lenovo are preparing to launch Windows 8 tablets in the third quarter of 2012. Windows 8 will hit public beta in February, and is widely expected to reach RTM stage by May. With Windows 8, Microsoft is hoping to finally have a platform capable of taking on iOS in the tablet segment. Windows 8 merges the classical Windows desktop with a full-screen, touch optimized Metro UI, and will power everything from tablets and laptops to traditional desktop PCs.
Although Windows 8 is capable of running on the ARM platform, Acer and Lenovo plan on using Intel’s next generation Clover Trail platform for their tablets. As of now, Intel is getting clobbered in the mobile computing segment by ARM, which offers superior performance and power saving. Intel is expected to mount its first serious challenge with Medfield and Clover Trail, which will probably be out by Q3 of 2011. Intel will be demoing smartphones and tablets powered by its new mobile processors at CES 2012.
While the combination of Intel and Windows 8 is expected to offer previously unseen levels of performance and flexibility, the real test for Intel will be power efficiency. Even as mobile computing technology has continued to improve in leaps and bounds, the battery technology has remained practically stagnant. As a result, most mobile devices struggle to cope up with the demands of high speed 3G and 4G data networks and dual-core CPUs.
It looks like we will be seeing some Retina Display tablets in 2012 with quad-core processors and powerful GPUs. Acer’s upcoming A700 tablet made a surprise appearance in Russia.
The A700 is a next-generation Honeycomb tablet, which will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. However, the most interesting part of the tablet is its 10.1-inch screen. Apparently, it has a whopping resolution of 1920×1200, higher than any other tablet in the Market currently, including the iPad 2.
Other features of the A700 include a micro-SIM card slot, micro-HDMI port, microUSB port, a hardware rotation lock switch, and a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. The tablet is mainly made out of plastic, and weighs in only 1.45lbs. Acer states that the tablet should last you 10 hours on a single charge.
It will be interesting to see how the Tegra 3 inside the A700 handles games at such a high resolution. The iPad 3 is also expected to come with a Retina Display with a similar resolution. The iPad 2 currently boasts the best hardware found inside a tablet.
According to a new report by Digitimes, Acer is working on a new 15 inch ultrabook, which will be priced at around $699. Taiwan based Pegatron Technoloy will manufacture the new budget ultrabook for Acer.
Ultrabooks are slim, light, yet powerful notebooks which offer much greater battery life than traditional notebooks. They are modeled after the Apple Macbook Air, and come with SSD storage and no optical drive.
Recently, there has been a relative slowdown in notebook shipments due to the growing popularity of tablets. Intel is spearheading the ultrabook effort partly to make notebooks cool again, and also because of the resounding success of the Macbook Air.
Acer, Asus and Toshiba recently launched their ultrabooks, but almost all of them have been priced higher than $1000, which is much higher than the average notebook.
With the launch of Windows 8 in 2012, ultrabooks could see a surge in sales. Rumors suggest that all major notebook manufacturers are working on touchscreen ultrabooks, which could act as a tablet, and would be perfectly suited for Windows 8 with the Metro UI.
If Acer is able to launch a $699 ultrabook soon, it could get a significant headstart over its competitors, unless they are working on budget ultrabooks too. In any case, the customer wins.
Acer has just announced its latest addition to the Android tablet world, the Iconia Tab A200. Apart from the name and looks, the A200 is similar to the Iconia A500, internally.
The A200 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Other usual specs include 1GB of RAM, 2MP front facing camera, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS. The tablet will initially come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb update pre-installed, but Acer has promised that the A200 will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box in January 2012.
The Acer Iconia A200 is just another run-of-the-mill Android tablet powered by the slow Tegra 2 SoC. Compared to all other tablets, the only selling point of the A200 is its full blown USB 2.0 port. The tablet will also come with some pre-installed apps from Acer including SocialJogger, which consolidates all updates from your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
The Iconia Tab A200 will be available in Titanium Gray and Mettallic Red for an unknown price on an unknown date.
Acer recently launched its new Acer Liquid Express smartphone in the UK. It is the company’s first NFC-enabled Android smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the customers of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK. Acer Liquid Express runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
“Even if contactless technology has only just started spreading across the UK, it is important for the customer to take into account future need when choosing a new model. In a few months’ time quite a number of smartphone users, whose new smartphones don’t include NFC functionality, will have to change their mobile in order to benefit from this new technology”, says Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer’s THBG division.
Acer Liquid Express features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Acer Breeze UI, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, geo-tagging and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, up to 480 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.
T-Mobile UK customers can get this handset for free, with a 2 year service agreement and a £15.32 monthly plan. On the other hand, Orange subscribers can get this device for free, with a 2 year contract and a £20.50 monthly plan.