Acer announces Windows and Android tablets

24 November 2010

Acer announces Windows and Android tablets

And one is a 7-inch tablet
Wed Nov 24 2010, 08:47

ANDROID AND Windows tablets have been announced by Acer at a press conference in New York.

It has two 10.1-inch tablets with one using an unspecific Android operating system and the other an unidentified Windows OS. Other than the 10.1-inch size displays both have WiFi and 3G but are designed for different uses.

The Android tablet is designed for entertainment and gaming and has what Acer calls 10-point multi-touch and "gyro-meter control," which could be just a g-sensor. It has an HDMI port for a High Definition 1080p "capability," and is 13.3mm thick with an aluminum casing. It will arrive in April but the Windows tablet will tip up in February.

The Windows device seems to be more aimed at a business user with a docking station and full sized keyboard that come with it and front and rear facing 1.3MP camera for recording, taking still pictures and video conferencing. There is no mention of HD but its processor is described as "next generation AMD", which could mean a Zambezi CPU or the Fusion branded Ontario accelerated processing unit.

Much to the annoyance of Steve Jobs Acer is also launching a 7-inch tablet. Available in April 2011 it uses an unspecified Android OS, has an unidentified dual-core processor, a 1280 x 800 7-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and has WiFi and 3G and will support Flash 10.1 and DNLA and has Dolby Mobile Technology.

It also has a front facing "HD" camera for recording or video conferencing and can output HD with an HDMI port. The device's description also hints at phone capabilities when it says the tablet "takes your mobile experience to the next level". ยต

 By Rob Coppinger

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