Today in New York city Acer announced a pair of Android tablets along with a new smartphone design that might turn a few heads. In addition to the new devices, Acer also announced their own app store which should be available for Android by the time these products launch.
Recently we heard that Acer might try to launch a Galaxy Tab competitor this year, but it appears they scrapped those plans and decided to wait on Google to release the tablet version of Android – Honeycomb.
First up we saw a 10.1 inch Android tablet. This device features a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 10.1 inch TFT display with WXGA resolution (1280 x 800), 5 MP rear-facing camera + HD front-facing camera, HDMI output (720p), and support for Flash Player 10.1. Acer said this 10 inch tablet would run “Google Android Tablet OS” (aka Honeycomb) and their Acer UI 4.5.
Next up we saw Acer’s 7-inch Android tablet. This smaller version features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor, 7 inch display with WXGA resolution (1280 x 800), and support for Flash Player 10.1. This tablet will also run Honeycomb and the Acer UI 4.5.
Both tablets are expected to launch around April 2011.
After that Acer revealed a new Android phone featuring a wide display. This device features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, ultra-wide 4.8 inch display with 1024 x 480 resolution, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 6-axis motion sensing, HDMI out, and “LED edge lighting”. We don’t know what version of Android it will run, but this gadget is also coming in 2011 so I would expect it to have Gingerbread or Honeycomb.
Finally, Acer announced they were launching their own app store called Alive. The marketplace will feature apps, games, movies, music, and book and will go live in the UK this December for Windows 7 clients. The Android version is expected to roll out in Q2 2011 around the time when their new tablets hit.
Overall, it looks like a pretty interesting Android lineup for Acer. I’m glad to see that they waited on Gingerbread instead of trying to rush a tablet to market. We haven’t seen any Acer products from the U.S. carriers yet, but maybe this press conference in New York is a sign of things to come.
Update: Engadget is reporting that Acer is working with AT&T and T-Mobile, so keep an eye on those carriers.
As a processor nerd, I think the most interesting thing from the show is the fact that they went with NVIDIA’s dual-core CPU for the 10-inch tablet and used Qualcomm’s dual-core CPU for the 7-inch version. We don’t know for sure why they did this, but I’m going to assume the Tegra platform offered better performance at reduced power for the larger display. Acer’s CEO specifically mentioned that Tegra was “very good with video management and gaming” so this could be good news for NVIDIA.
Which Acer product do you think looks the most interesting?
Update 2: Our friends from Netbooknews uploaded a quick video of the Acer press event.