Acer Unveils new Tablets, a 4.8-inch Smartphone, Cloud-based System and Alive Store

Written By Sam on 26 November 2010

Acer has unveiled a line-up of new tablet devices as well as a content platform in a bid to take on Apple’s iPad. The latest range includes:

  • A 4.8-inch ‘smartphone with the soul of a tablet’
  • 7 and 10-inch Android tablets
  • A 10-inch Windows-based variant
  • A dual touchscreen hybrid between laptop and tablet.

Here’s a cursory glance at the devices unveiled:

Acer Iconia

This dual-touchscreen device is being likened to the Toshiba Libretto. But the Acer Iconia comes with larger 14-inch displays with 1366×768 pixel resolution. The bottom display can apparently act as a full screen keyboard.

Notable specifications are:

  • Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Intel graphics
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • Up to 750GB of storage
  • VGA and HDMI output
  • 802.11n, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity features
  • Dual 1.3MP cameras
  • Integrated 3G
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Two USB 2.0
  • One USB 3.0
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Gesture-based control

The Iconia is likely to be released in mid-January for around $2,300.


Reports suggest that Acer’s 10.1- and 7-inch Android tablets will run the upcoming Honeycomb version, expected early next year, and come with integrated 3G and Wi-Fi. The 10.1 variant is likely to flaunt:

  • A dual-core Tegra processor
  • HDMI output
  • 1280×800 (16:10) resolution
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • A front-facing camera for video calling
  • A multi-touch system
  • Integrated Gyroscope for gamers.

The 7-inch tablet will come with the same features sans the gyroscope and the screen size. It will feature:

  • 1280×800 (16:10) resolution
  • Flash 10.1 support
  • DLNA technology

Both these devices are expected to be released in April 2011.

10-inch Windows 7 tablet

Acer is likely to release the 10-inch Windows 7 variant in February. Details pertaining to this device are sketchy. However, rumors suggest it will run on a new AMD platform, and will even come with a keyboard docking station. So it can be turned into a detachable notebook.


We don’t know what it will be called yet, but this new smartphone has a formidable features list:

  • A 4.8-inch 1024 x 480 pixel resolution display
  • 1GHZ processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • A 2MP snapper on the front for video conferencing
  • Support for Flash 10.1
  • Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA+14.4 connectivity
  • Six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer
  • Android OS (reports point towards Gingerbread).

It is being promoted as a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet, instantly reminding us of the Dell Streak. The device is likely to be launched in April next year.

Acer Alive platform and cloud-based system

Along with the announcement of its new tablet and smartphone range, Acer has unveiled its new cloud-based system, which will enable users to share files with other devices, as well as download apps or other content from the Alive platform, which is Acer’s version of the iTunes.

Acer’s new Alive store will include:

  • Free and paid content
  • Content will comprise the following categories:Listen: Music,  radio programs, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio entertainment
    Watch: Movies, TV programs, and videos
    Read: E-books, e-newspapers and e-magazines
    Play: Games

Users in Italy and the UK will be able to access the store in December. A more aggressive rollout across all new Acer devices is expected in the first quarter of next year.

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