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Acer makes stunning entry into Android tablet arena with 4.8- and 7-inch models

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Not to be left out of the snowballing Android tablet movement, computer giant Acer made a stunning entry into the arena with the unveiling of a range of tablet models in 4.8-, 7-, and 10-inch sizes at a special press event in New York on Tuesday. Only basic details were disclosed about the two smaller devices that interest us here at Pocketables; they are both currently without official product names and have launch dates set for April 2011.

The larger 7-inch tablet (shown below) that occupies the mid-size spot in the trio sports a very impressive 1280×800, 16:10 ratio 7-inch capacitive touch screen, is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, runs "Android Tablet OS" widely rumored to be Android 3.0 Honeycomb with support for Flash 10.1, has a front-facing camera capable of recording HD video, WiFi and 3G connectivity, HDMI output, and sound output enhanced by Dolby Mobile Technology.

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At the smaller end of the scale, the 4.8-inch tablet (shown below) is quoted by Acer as being "100% smartphone, 100% tablet" with the combination of full phone functionality and a large screen, placing it in a similar position to the Dell Streak. Featuring a 4.8-inch capacitive touch screen with an unusually wide 21:9 ratio and 1024×480 resolution, the device is said to be slightly smaller than the Streak and is also said to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Flash 10.1 support. The other known specs are no less impressive with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, b/g/n WiFi, HSDPA 3G, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, 720p HD video recording, HDMI output, and Dolby Mobile Technology contained in a very slim, sleek all-metal body.

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Although Acer was happy to let everyone pencil in the April 2011 launch window, there hasn't been any mention of expected pricing and launch markets, although judging by the scale of the global press event the company is likely planning to launch in all the major territories.

Brief demonstrations and non-functional demo units were also the order of the day at the event due to the unreleased nature of Android 3.0, but what was shown looked to be very promising.

I don't know about you but I am very impressed by what Acer has been working on behind the scenes. Its range of tablets look to have great potential combining high-end hardware with exciting software developments that Google has in store for the next version of Android following the upcoming 2.3 Gingerbread update. The 4.8- and 7-inch models definitely stand out from most current devices with their high-res displays that will almost certainly be fully supported by Honeycomb unlike Android's current WVGA limit. Are you also excited by Acer's Android tablets? Can April come soon enough?

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Jeremy To

Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.

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5 thoughts on “Acer makes stunning entry into Android tablet arena with 4.8- and 7-inch models

  • Avatar of aust streaker

    Will definitely swap my dell streak for acer 4.8″ screen.

    not sure about the resolution though… i might need to upgrade my glass

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  • Avatar of Sere83

    Yeah, looking like it’s gonna be a massive entry in to the game from Acer. Those specs are amazing, but as we all know so well specs are only a small part of a devices success. My main worry is the android implementation. Acer has yet to rely produce an outstanding android device and it’s hard to tell at this stage how devoted they are to tweaking and fine tuning their implantation and customizations of the android platform.

    I really think it’s about time these companies start employing some of the hardcore rom cookers, the likes of Cyanogen MOD team or some of the characters over at XDA. Imagine if acer or other big names gave these guys free reign to go bonkers on the firmware for some of their next gen devices. Would really help to move things forward…

    Amazing stuff though still, seems acer are really hitting the tab game hard. Both the 4.3 and 7 are looking tidy, and hopefully they will be reasonably priced being Acer too.

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  • what about GPS for both devices? its android standard …
    also does the 7″ include phone capabilities like the tab?
    thx.

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  • Great stuff! Acer has really launched some stunning and powerful gadget. I love Acer products because it gives all technology at affordable and range of prices. It always attracts middle age of people. They have great marketing strategies so it would be the improve tablet crowd in all over the world.

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  • These new devices look great. When they come with Android 3.0 as standard, I may be tempted away from my Streak. But until then, they don’t seem to offer anything that would make me jump ship. I still can’t see the point in the larger tablet devices like the iPad, personally. The 5″ screen on the Streak is just fine for me for casual web browsing on the train. For anything more serious, give me a desktop keyboard and mouse and I’ll get the job done in a tenth of the time it takes me to poke around on a touchscreen :)

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