Acer's entry into the increasingly popular (and affordable) 7-inch tablet category is the Iconia Tab A110, a lightweight and pocket-sized slate that will be available to purchase in the U.S. on October 30, 2012. The A110 is ready to rock with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1024x600 capacitive touchscreen display, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is the same version of Android found on Google's Nexus 7 device.
Someone should go ahead and que up a continuous loop of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me" hit from the 1970s (which again became popular in the 1980s courtesy of Joan Jett) because almost every time we see a new product announcement these days, it's the first song that comes to mind. Manufacturers are launching touch-friendly Windows 8 devices at a breakneck pace, including Acer, which just unveiled a line of Aspire M5 Ultrabooks and V5 notebooks, both with touch support.
Windows 8 hardware and software doesn’t officially go on sale until October 26th, but apparently The Home Shopping Network didn’t get the memo. Either that or they did get the memo, but just chose to ignore it. The online portal for the popular shopping television show is offering up 5 different machines from Gateway and Acer, all of which feature Windows 8 pre-installed. The models shown are hardly remarkable, however as ZDNet’s Ed Bott points out, the marketing materials confirm what we all feared. Crapware is alive and well on Windows 8, and Microsoft seems powerless to prevent it.
With the launch of Windows 8 just weeks away, hardware makers are starting to announce touch-friendly systems in preparation of Microsoft's next generation operating system (OS). That includes Acer, which just unveiled what it claims are the world's thinnest touch-capable Ultrabooks: Aspire S7 Series. Like Windows 8, the Aspire S7 Series will be available to purchase starting October 26, 2012.
It might be hard to believe at this point, but there actually exists a mobile computing segment outside of the official Ultrabook category, and not just for AMD systems. Acer's new TravelMate P243 for business users is one such notebook and is built in the mold of a traditional laptop, albeit with a travel-friendly 14-inch display (1366x768 screen resolution). It also has a spill resistant keyboard, so if you spill a cup of coffee in between cities, it won't necessarily shut down your business trip.
After creating a stir in the media over comments he made to Microsoft warning the company to "think twice" about its Surface strategy, Acer chairman J.T. Wang is now singing a different tune, one that's far less threatening and more accepting to the situation. That doesn't mean Wang is no longer concerned about Microsoft's march in the tablet space, but he did clarify that Acer has every intention of competing with Windows 8-based slates of its own.
On the Surface, Microsoft is hoping its tablet strategy will ignite Windows 8 in the mobile space and steal a slice of Apple's market share pie, but at what cost? It's not an insignificant question. Microsoft relies on its hardware partners to drive its Windows platforms, and by taking the reigns and racing alongside them, the Redmond company is essentially biting the hands that feed it. Lest anyone think Microsoft's OEM partners are taking this lightly, Acer chairman J.T. Wang issued some words of warning to Microsoft.
The entire Fourth of July week is a bit of a write off news wise when it comes to the US tech industry, but while the boys in Redmond were enjoying some well-deserved R&R, Acer was on the attack. Company founder Stan Shih went on record with his thoughts about the Microsoft Surface, and lets just say they weren’t the most diplomatic.
It's been an exciting week for Microsoft, which just the other day unveiled its Surface tablet, a surprisingly promising device that just may have the legs to go the distance, if not with the iPad, then certainly against Android and ARM. But let's not sell the Surface short, with the right strategy and continued interest from Microsoft, this could be big. Or, as Acer founder Stan Shih suspects, the whole Surface strategy is nothing more than a bunch of smoke and mirrors intended to sell consumers on Windows 8.
Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga, choo-choo! That's the Ultrabook train coming around the bend with yet another shipment of thin and light laptops, and this time it's carrying a load of Acer Timeline Ultra M5 models throughout the U.S. Acer's new Timeline Ultra line boasts models that are slimmer and lighter than previous generation Timeline laptops, measuring a mere 0.81 inches thick and barely budging the scale at 4.3 pounds.