Acer has renewed its commitment to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, with chairman JT Wang saying that the company's criticisms of Microsoft's Surface don't mean it is ditching its Windows slate plans. The company made headlines after criticizing Microsoft's own-brand hardware, arguing that the tablets would "create a huge negative impact" to the Windows ecosystem. Now, DigiTimes reports the Acer CEO Wang has tempered his comments, though still believes that Surface will do more harm than good.
The Microsoft slates one of which will run Windows RT, the other Windows 8 will be more negative overall than positive, Wang says, but Acer still intends to launch its own products running the new OS. In fact, Wang claims to be "the most optimistic CEO" about Windows, claiming that the company's concerns were around understanding "the new rules of the game".
Microsoft, he said, was now considering possible differentiation strategies to minimize any possible impact on OEM partners, including introducing an artificial price gap. Still, it sound like Acer's expectations of Surface are somewhat skewed in the first place; Wang supposedly claimed that the major damage would be done if Microsoft priced the entry-level tablet at $199 thus directly competing with the Nexus 7, a figure which would be very unlikely. If Surface was $499-599, however, Wang sees less of an issue.
The Acer CloudMobile was unveiled months ago in February, and you might have already forgotten about its existence, but Acer's cloud phone is now finally gearing up for launch in September.
Retailer Expansys is now accepting pre-orders for the device in the United Kingdom and other European markets for a price of £284.99 (around $450).
Here is the Specifications of the Acer CloudMobile:
- a 4.3-inch 720p screen,
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor,
- 1GB of RAM,
- 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash,
- HSPA and Wi-Fi,
- DLNA, GPS, Dolby Sound technology
- microSD expansion slot.
Acer said that it will announce its a New Phone Acer CloudMobile during the MWC later on this Month, Acer Cloud Mobile has received the "iF" design award 2012, in recognition of outstanding achievement in design, even if the device has not been announced yet, you can see the Official press photos of the device and it really has great design.
When it comes to the specs at this point we don't know much. The Acer CloudMobile is said to feature a 4.3-inch HD screen, Dolby Advanced Sound, and a body less than 10mm thick. On the software side, the Acer CloudMobile is said to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. The device will also be the first implementation of Acer own cloud technology.
As we said before Acer CloudMobile will get unveiled at MWC later this month, Market availability scheduled for Q3 this year.
The Acer CloudMobile was recently shown off at an event in Milan, Italy to the press. We found a Hands-on video on Youtube but Sadly its not in English!
The Acer CloudMobile is easily the most interesting phone to have come out of Acer. In fact, it won an iF design award even before it was officially launched. But it is not just the design that is great about it. The CloudMobile also comes loaded with some pretty great features.
Acer Cloud Mobile specs Starts with an Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which instantly earns it major brownie points. Next it has a 4.3-inch, 720p display with on-screen virtual controls, just like on the Galaxy Nexus. The device in the video above also has a separate row of capacitive keys below the display but that can be excused since it is a prototype device. The device shown in the press images does not have these extra keys.
Microsoft's hardware partners are definitely not happy about the Microsoft Surface. Moreover, Acer chief executive spelled it right out, straight and honest to Microsoft: "It is not something you are good at so please think twice."
That was the advice JT Wang, Acer's CEO, gave to Microsoft about its upcoming Surface tablet. The reason is that the device will compete directly with other tablets from manufacturers like Acer, HP, Dell and others, and this alone would be "negative for the worldwide ecosystem."
Wang reiterated that Microsoft should think twice, and while other manufacturers have kept comfortably quiet, it seems that the Acer chief executive is spelling out the thoughts of not just Acer, but other companies as well.
Acer is looking forward to compete with Google Nexus 7 tablet with its new Iconia Tab A110, it was revealed back in june but the company didn't release the tablet back then. Now it has surfaced again, this time courtesy of an online UK retailer Ebuyer. What's more important is that now it seems to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The images show a Nexus 7-like UI, down to the placement of the keys below the display and the notification bar on the top, something that you will find only on the Nexus 7 in the Android tablet world. Not that it's a bad thing.
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 specifications is pretty close to Nexus 7, it packs a Quad-core, 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, 8GB internal memory with microSD card slot and HDMI out. As for the Price, Acer will stick to the sub-$200 price tag that they previously promised.
Acer has now officially released the Iconia Tab A700 tablet that we first saw at CES back in January. The main feature of this tablet is that it's the first Android tablet to have a 10.1-inch, FullHD 1920 x 1200 resolution display.
The A700 is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 with 4-PLUS-1 cores and runs Android 4.0.3. It also features Dolby Mobile 3 that provides 5.1 channel Dolby Surround Sound via HDMI to a home entertainment system. Inside you have 1GB RAM and 32GB of storage space, which can be further expanded by using microSD cards.
Then there's a 5MP auto-focus camera on the back that also records 1080p videos and a 1MP fixed focus camera on the front. A700 has a battery life of up to 10.5 hours.
Acer reply to Google Nexus 7 with a similar 7-inch tablet that has just been officially announced by the Company, the Tablet will be Named "Iconia Tab A110". This tablet will pack a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU, 7-icnh display with 1024 x 600 resolution (Not 720p HD).
The Iconia tab A110 will be powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the display resolution seems like a letdown compared to the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD but the Iconia Tab A110 does come with a microSD card slot as well as micro HDMI out that the other two lack.
The price will be around $200 and will be available in 2 weeks to compete with the Nexus 7 in the tabs market.
At the CES 2013 today, Acer announced a new 7" android tablet, called Acer Iconia B1-A71 and it will cost €119 after taxes. The Iconia B1-A71 will come with Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box.
Acer Iconia B1-A71 has a 7″ display with WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600 pixels), a 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek processor and 8GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity are also available as well as a front-facing camera and a standard microUSB port.
It is expected to hit Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mid-January.