Acer Unveils Android Tablets, Smartphone
Acer today unveiled plans for two touchscreen Android 2.2 tablets due out in April, one with a 7-inch display and one with a 10.1-inch screen, making the Taiwan-based PC maker the latest hardware vendor to offer challengers to Apple's iPad. Acer at a press event in New York City showed off a 10.1-inch Android-powered tablet that has a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1280x800 screen resolution, 5-megapixel rear camera, an HD front-facing camera for video calling, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, 1080p output over HDMI, Flash 10.1 support and a 10-point multitouch system. It's only about a half-inch thick. Its smaller sibling basically has the same specs, but with a 7-inch display, according to a company statement. April is the release date for both models, but prices and official names for the two Android tablets have not yet been disclosed.
Windows 7 tablet, Android smartphone also coming from AcerAlso on tap from Acer is a Windows 7 tablet with a 10-inch screen, which will be out in February, and will include a dock for a full physical keyboard, along with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. But that's not all that Acer, a company known for selling chic-yet-affordable netbooks, has in the pipeline for the wireless sector. There's also an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch 1024x480 resolution screen, expected to run Froyo 2.2, due out in April as well.
The yet-to-be-named Android smartphone from Acer will include the following: a 21:9 aspect ratio for viewing video, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, multitouch display; HSDPA; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 3.0; DLNA support; Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support; 6-axis motion-sensing Gyroscope and accelerometer; 8-megapixel rear camera and LED flash; 2-megapixel front camera for high-quality IP video calling; Google Apps suite (i.e Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Gchat, etc.); and HDMI.