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Acer introduces Iconia Tab 8 W, Tab 10 and One 8 tablets

Acer’s work is proceeding apace. The company is fattening up its range of product offerings by launching three new Iconia tablets at IFA 2014 – the Tab 8 W (a Windows slate), the Tab 10 and One 8 (both Android devices). Head on down to read more about these latest slates from Acer!

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 8 W – productivity on the cheap

We begin by taking a look at the 8-inch and Windows 8.1 with Bing-running Iconia Tab 8 W, which, as our source mentions, is significantly cheaper than last year’s Iconia W3 – all of $149.99. To get it to that price point, of course, the company’s had to make do with some of today’s standard-slash-simple components; for instance, it runs on an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail quad core processor.

Thankfully, though, Acer and Microsoft seem to have put in a genuine effort to make the 8 W stand out. It’s bundled with productivity apps – Outlook, OneNote, Powerpoint, Word and Excel – and can be had with an optional Crunch Keyboard, which connects to the 8 W wirelessly. The W3 is slated to arrive this November.

Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 10 – media savvy for less

Up next is the Iconia Tab 10, which appears to be trying to compete in the media consumption niche. This one has a 10.1 inch full HD IPS LCD Gorilla Glass display with anti fingerprint coating; is powered by a MediaTek quad core processor; and also runs an up to date OS – Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which will satisfy those for whom being up to scratch is crucial. But the story is really all about its Dolby Digital Plus surround sound speakers, for those who feel like sharing their media with the world, and its 5.1 channel sound via stereo headphones, for those who want to enjoy their media privately. The Iconia Tab is expected in the USA this month and will be sold in either black or white and for a starting price of just $199.

Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC
Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC

The Iconia One 8 – all things bright and colorful

Last but not least we’ve got the Iconia One 8. This is an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 tablet that also runs Android 4.4 KitKat and shares the 8 W’s Bay Trail processor and Tab 10’s anti fingerprint screen coating. This slate, however, is all about its colors – it will be made available in as many as 10 color choices, from purple to yellow, when it arrives in Europe in October. (There’s no indication of it being sold in the USA). The One 8 will sell for about 149 euros.

source [ZDNet]

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Updated Acer Aspire Switch 10 Windows tablet surfaces in Europe

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 Windows 8.1 tablet has been around for a little while now. In case you’re scratching your head and can’t remember exactly what it is, this is Acer’s 10-inch IPS 1366 x 768-pixel Windows tablet that can function as a laptop thanks to its keyboard accessory, but can quickly be pivoted into three other distinct positions (“tent” mode, “reverse laptop” mode and pure tablet) as users require or desire. This model is known as the SW5-011. Now we’ve received word that an updated version of the Switch 10 has broken cover. Read on and find out more about it!

Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 Windows convertible tablet PC

 “Minor” updates

So the new model has been given the name of SW5-012 – we suppose you can see this as the SW5-011 plus 1, if you feel like it. Apparently the biggest update to the Switch 10 is the display: the old one has been replaced with a new 10.1 inch display that boasts higher resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels. Something quite significant for all the pixel-addicts out there (and there are many of them these days). The new display has a different ratio as well: 16:10.

Another change has to do with the processor. Unfortunately, according to our source, the new processor – the quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail, which can, at full boost, run at 1.83 GHz per core – is slightly less powerful than the unit it replaces. The situation with some of the included software is apparently just as iffy; we hear that the new version will no longer come with the full version of Microsoft Office 2013 and will only have one year of access to Office 365.

Most of the other stuff hasn’t changed; the new Switch 10’s RAM holds steady at 2 GB and the internal memory remains 64 GB.

A tad pricier, too

We’ve also learned that this new iteration of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 will be a bit pricier than its predecessor, at around 480 Euros versus 399 Euros for the outgoing model. Some of you might be a bit disheartened at that. Essentially, to us at least, what will make or break this new model will be whether the quality of the new screen will outweigh the “disadvantages” conferred by the supposedly “inferior” components that have been substituted for the newer ones. Let’s see how this particular cookie crumbles.

source [TabTech.de] (German site)

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Acer Iconia Tab 8 FHD now official

So back in April, Acer’s 8-inch full HD slate somehow made its way to a benchmarking site. It was then known as the A1-840 FHD, though the Taiwanese electronics giant has finally made it official and it now bears the Iconia Tab 8 name. In case you missed the first report, here are a few details you may want to know about this upcoming Android tablet PC.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 FHD Android tablet PC

Acer officially introduces Iconia Tab 8 FHD

Let’s talk about that full HD display first. The 7.9 inch IPS display can push out a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. Yes, pixel counters, there is none of that 1280 x 800 nonsense here. Under the hood, the Iconia Tab 8 will be powered by a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor (it’s zippier at 1.8 GHz with TurboBoost), an integrated Intel Graphics processor, 16 GB of onboard storage, and 2 GB of RAM. Other features include a 2 MP front facing camera, a 5 MP main camera at the back, plus WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It will also have a microSD card slot for extra space, and according to reports, it can provide 7.5 hours of use on a single charge.

The Iconia Tab 8 FHD will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Pricing and Availability

Acer plans to release this baby in the third quarter of this year. Pricing and some details are still unknown at this point, but we can probably expect more info before the slate hits the shelves. Also, this would probably be more expensive than its non-FHD counterpart. In the meantime, what do you think?

The specs are not at all bad, and we’re sure a lot of people will appreciate the 2 GB RAM. Personally, I think this tablet would be quite popular – but only if it’s priced right. There are plenty of other 8 inch tablets with better resolutions, or to put it in better terms, there are plenty of other 8 inch tablets out there, period. We’ll see how this one fares once it hits the shelves.

Until then, we will keep our eyes peeled for more information about it, including whether or not it’ll see the light of day in North America and other territories. Until then, stay tuned.

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Aspire Switch 10, a Bay Trail-powered Windows hybrid

Last month was fairly busy for Acer – their tablet PCs made appearances in various benchmarking sites (see here and here). Well, it looks like the Taiwanese tablet maker is only getting started. A few days back, they announced a new hybrid notebook tablet PC, the aptly named Acer Aspire Switch 10. The name is rather self-explanatory, like most other hybrid tablets out there (Asus Transformer, Dell Flip, Lenovo Miix and Yoga). So, what can we expect from this new notebook-tablet PC hybrid? Check it out.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 Windows Hybrid Tablet PC

Aspire Switch 10 – New Hybrid from Acer

As the name suggests, this baby can… well, switch in between modes. It has the typical Tablet and Laptop modes, plus two additional modes called Tent and Display. Switching between modes is looks relatively pain-free via the magnetic hinge that connects the tablet to the removable keyboard dock. Acer calls it the Snap Hinge, and early hands on reviews of the said tablet indicate that the hinge is fairly user-friendly.

The Aspire Switch 10 has a 10.1-inch IPS display (with Zero Air Gap bezel and LumiFlex) with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. It packs the relatively new 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor — yep, that’s the same one on the rumored Iconia A1-840 Android tablets. It will have 2 GB of RAM, and will come in two storage options, 32 and 64 GB. It has a 2 MP webcam, a micro USB port, a full USB port on the keyboard dock, an HDMI output port, and a microSD card reader. According to reports, the Switch 10 promises 8 hours of uptime.

And have we mentioned that this slate will have a Windows 8.1 operating system? Reports also indicate that a keyboard accessory with extra storage, 500 GB of it, will also be available upon the slate’s release.

Pricing and Availability

So when will that be? Acer didn’t announce a specific date, but they did say that we can expect the Aspire Switch 10 in stores by the end of May. You can grab one then for US $379 and up.

What do you think? Judging from the spec sheet, this is aimed toward those who can’t afford to pay an arm and a leg for a premium slate. Admittedly though, the slate is still quite tempting – especially its sub-400 dollar price tag.

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Acer’s Full HD option comes in the form of Iconia A1-840 FHD

A few articles back, we talked about Acer’s new 8-inch slate unofficially debuting on a benchmarking site – this time, it seems that it’s more of a line expansion than a single product release. The new tablet is called the Iconia A1-840 FHD, and as the name suggests, this baby will be sporting a full HD display – or so the benchmark suggests.

Acer A1-840 FHD Android Tablet PC
image via GFXBench.com

Iconia A1-840 FHD: What we know so far

According to GFXBench.com, Acer’s other 8-inch slate will have a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution crammed into a 7.9-inch display. Though that’s not exactly bleeding edge, that screen res is at least at par with mid- range 8-inchers in the market today. The FHD version, however, will have the same 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor (1.8 GHz with turbo boost) coupled with an Intel HD Graphics processor and 16 GB of internal storage space. It will have twice the amount of RAM (2 GB) compared to its lower specced brother though. The rest of the features are pretty much identical; it will reportedly have a 5 MP main camera, 2 MP front facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and GPS capabilities, among other things.

The Acer Iconia A1-840 FHD also looks like it’s slated to have Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box.

Pricing and Availability

So to recap, the FHD has a better display and more RAM compared to the A1-840. Other than those two things, the two tablets are pretty much identical –at least on paper. Both have fairly decent specs, but if you want something with more muscle or more pixels per inch, I suggest you look elsewhere. There are other 8-inch tablets out there (multitudes of them, in fact), so you have other options in case you’re in the market for one.

Acer has not made any announcements about this tablet PC as of this writing, so we’ll have to wait for more info regarding pricing and availability. Judging from the specs sheets though, it’s probably safe to say that the Iconia A1-840 FHD will be slightly more expensive than its non-HD counterpart.

via [ Liliputing ]

source [ GFXBench ]

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Iconia A1-840 – Acer’s new 8-inch Android slate debuts in benchmark site

According to various sources, Acer is cooking up an updated version of their 8-inch Android tablet called the Iconia A1-840. It will reportedly have an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and better specs than its predecessor, the A1-830. Though the slate is yet to be officially announced, its specs and test results have recently turned up on benchmarking sites, helping us take a sneak peek at what this Bay Trail-powered tablet PC will be like once it comes out of the gates. Here’s what we know so far.

Acer Iconia A1-840 Bay Trail-powered Android tablet
image via gfxbench.com

What we know so far about the Iconia A1-840

According to GFXBench, Acer’s new A1-840 will have an 8-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display. Its 1280 x 800 resolution display will be a welcome improvement from its predecessor’s somewhat disappointing 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. It will also pack an Intel Atom processor, specifically the Z3745, a quad-core 64-bit x86 CPU. Some sources indicate that this processor can provide around 1.33 GHz of juice; we’re assuming the 1.83 GHz indicated in the benchmark was from Turbo Boost.

The Iconia A1-840 will also feature 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2 MP front-facing camera (for video chatting and taking selfies), and a 5 MP rear camera (with autofocus and flash). Connectivity-wise, the tablet features Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s also important to mention that the tablet runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat straight out of the box, and while Acer has not released any official announcements about the slate’s specs, reports indicate that the A1-840 can last for up to 10 hours of use and 30 days of standby.

Pricing and Availability

We have yet to get official word about the Acer Iconia A1-840 both price- and release-wise. We’ll have to wait for further announcements. In the meantime, let’s take stock of what we do know: First, this is either an upgrade from the A1-830 –or it belongs to a completely different price tier. Yeah, that’s the one they released a few months back. It has an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor and a US $149 price tag.

Second, we were inundated with tons of Windows 8.1 tablets powered with Bay Trail processors last year and early this year. Does Acer’s move indicate an influx of Android + Bay Trail this time? Signs point to yes and that’s not a bad thing, since Bay Trail has made quite an impression with low-power and zippy quad-core processors.

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Iconia One 7: Another budget-friendly Acer slate

Judging from their recent releases, it seems like Acer’s going big on the budget-friendly slates of late and it looks like they have another one coming up: the Iconia One 7. It showed up both on the FCC site and FutureMark, a benchmarking site. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?

Acer Iconia One 7 - Budget Android Tablet PC

Iconia One 7: Acer’s $115 slate?

According to FutureMark, this 7-inch tablet PC will feature a TFT LCD display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It will have a VIA WonderMedia WM8880 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU that clocks up to 1.5 GHz. It will also sport a Mali-400MP2 graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 0.3 front-facing camera, a 1.9 MP rear camera, a microSD slot, a micro USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Everything will be powered by a 3000 mAh battery.

The Acer Iconia One 7 will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will measure in at 191 x 112 x 9.9 mm and will tip the scales at 289 g.

Pricing and Availability

To put it mildly, the Iconia One 7 has pretty bare features. It doesn’t have NFC, GPS, or Bluetooth connectivity and it won’t ship with Google’s latest operating system. According to some reports, we can expect this to hit the streets in the coming months with a very affordable US $115 price tag. Judging from the modest specs, this won’t win any performance contests any time soon, but it may appeal to those with tight budgets.

Like Acer’s recent budget-friendly releases however, this doesn’t look too good in the cold light of day. The Iconia B1-A71, for one, only features a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8111 dual-core processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. And it retails for US $130.

There are tons of other options out there though, as the budget space has become pretty saturated. The bad part, at least for Acer, is that others are offering more than what Acer is with this tablet PC. If you need a tablet PC but you’re on a tight budget, you may want to check out your other options before you go and pick this one up.

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Iconia B1-720 – Acer’s $130 Android tablet

Acer’s filling up the gaps with the Iconia B1-720, at least in terms of the under US $150 price range. This new baby’s set to go at some fierce competition in the budget tablet PC division. Let’s see how Acer’s new entry level slate compares, shall we?

Acer Iconia B1-720 Android Tablet PC

Iconia B1-720 – Acer’s new budget tablet

Considering its $130 price tag, we’re really not expecting much from the 7-inch B1-720. It’s the successor to the Iconia B1-A71 and features upgrades (albeit minor) from last year’s model. The B1-720 has a 1.3 GHz dual-core (MediaTek MT8111) CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in storage space. Other features include a single front-facing camera, front-facing speakers, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of extra storage. According to reports, the tablet can go up to 5 hours on a charge. The 7-inch screen has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, which is a little disappointing. Out of the box, the Iconia B1-720 comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean – the operating system of choice, it seems, for budget tablets.

For the sake of comparison, last year’s B1-A71 only had a 1.2 GHz MediaTek dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and the same 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.

Pricing and Availability

Acer showed off the Iconia B1-720 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, announcing the aforementioned US $130 price tag. They have also made it known that we’ll be seeing the new B1 on shelves as soon as mid-January.

We can’t help but wonder though, how does this fare against other budget tablets out there? Comparable ‘under $150’ tablets include the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ($130), the Nook HD ($130), and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro ($149). The Memo Pad HD 7 has comparable specs, though it has 2 cameras, a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and a better 10-hour battery life. The Nook HD, on the other hand, has a better 1440 x 900 display and a dual-core 1.3 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. The Hisense Sero 7 Pro offers quite a bang for $20 extra – a quad-core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, a better 1280 x 800 display, 2 cameras, and other additional features.

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Iconia A1-830 – Acer’s new 7.9-inch slate

Like most tablet makers, Acer is always busy revamping its tablet lines. This year, Acer is starting things off with an updated 7.9-inch model, named the Iconia A1-830. It’s the new version to last year’s A1-810 and it features quite a number of improvements. Read more about it below.

Iconia A1-830 Android Tablet PC

Updated 7.9-inch tablet: Acer Iconia A1-830

According to reports, the A1-830 will feature an IPS LED disply with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, an Intel Atom Z2560 processor (Clover Trail+), 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in storage. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 2 cameras, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of extra storage space. It will roll out with Google’s Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Reports indicate that it can last for up to seven and a half hours on a single charge.

Like the W4, the Iconia A1-830 will also (reportedly) support the Crunch Cover and the Crunch Keyboard accessories. If you want to see those two in action, check out the video embedded here. The Crunch Cover, as the name suggests, is made of a microfiber material and is both a case cover and stand. The Crunch Keyboard works pretty much the same way.

Pricing and Availability

You can expect the 830 to hit the shelves in the first quarter of this year, and according to reports, it will start at US $149. For the sake of comparison, the previous model (the A1-810) featured a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and pretty much the same 1024 x 768 pixel resolution display. The newer model has a faster and more power efficient processor, as well as a more affordable price tag. (The old model debuted at US $169.)

If you’re looking for a low cost 8-inch tablet that won’t cost an arm and a leg like say, an Apple iPad mini or a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, then you may want to take a closer look at the Iconia A1-830. The specs are hardly impressive, but at that price point, you may find it hard to ignore. There are of course others out there, and others coming still, so if you aren’t sold on this one, you may want to wait a little bit for the CES 2014 releases.

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Acer Iconia W4 – More Details

A couple of months back, we caught a glimpse of Acer’s new 8-inch Windows tablet, the Iconia W4. Details were a bit thin back then, but it seems the tablet maker is now willing to share a little more about its upcoming slate.

Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8 Tablet PC

Iconia W4 – Acer’s spilt beans

In case you missed that first report, the W4 is Acer’s follow up to its first small Windows tablet, the W3. The former looks like it’s geared toward rectifying all of the latter’s shortcomings, including the mediocre display, the less-than-snappy Clover Trail processor, and Windows RT operating system.

The specs are still quite vague at the moment, but Acer did seem to have let some details slip via a product page that has since been pulled out. The wonders of the Internet (specifically Google cache), however, let us peek at what’s going to be in the slate. The W4 is expected to have an 8-inch TFT Color LCD WXGA display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display. It will pack a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor (1.9 GHz turbo), with integrated Intel graphics, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory. The product page also lists additional features including a microSD card slot (microSDXC), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and an HDMI port. The W4 will also reportedly have a 4960 mAh lithium polymer battery that can supply up to 8 hours of power.

Software-wise, the W4 will feature a full Windows 8.1 and will come with free Microsoft Office.

Acer has also released a promotional video for their little dynamo. What’s in it? Well, the good stuff, of course. It’s certainly pretty to look at, especially while running games and playing videos. The crunch cover and the crunch keyboard aren’t bad on the eyes either.

Additional Notes

The product page has the Iconia W4 priced at US $330. If that doesn’t change, it would put the said tablet in the general price point of its main competitors. On one hand, you’ve got the Asus Transformer Book T100 and the Toshiba Encore, both of which have the same Intel processor running the show. The Encore costs the same as the W4. The T100 has more screen real-estate and at face value, seems to offer the best deal, retailing at only US $349. The Dell Venue 8 Pro, on the other hand, has a slightly different chipset, but will set you back about $30 less than a W4. You can get a Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 for the same price as a Venue 8 Pro.

All four have the upper hand when you consider one crucial thing: All of them are available now.

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