Taiwan-based multinational computer technology and electronics corporation Acer announced the release of its newest product: three new tablet devices, two running under Google’s Android Operating software and the other under Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.
According to Angela Hsiang, an analyst for KGI Securities Co. in Taipei, the debut highlights the company’s entry into the tablet computer market,”. Strategy Analytics pointed out Acer’s hope of getting a share of the tablet market. The world’s second- largest computer maker aims to grab about 10 percent of the market for tablets that bridge the gap between laptops and smartphones such as Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone.
Hsiang seems optimistic with Acer’s product launch, saying that the tablet computers may appeal to price-sensitive consumers. “The 9.7 inch iPad costs around $499 to $829, consumers looking for cheaper devices may be attracted to other tablets below $400,” she said in a telephone interview.
The tablets are still unnamed but a spokesperson for Acer had told CNN that the first two tablets will use Google’s Android platform and comes in a 7 inch and 10.1 display screen. A third tablet, with the same 10.1 display screen, will be running Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.
The tablets boast an impressive 1280×800 screen resolution and 1080p HDMI capacity– enough to make your eyes pop out. It also sports a sleek 5MP front and rear facing camera and 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to a Taipei based Acer spokesman.
At the press release, the company did not name which version each devices will use. Buyers are wistful with hopes that Acer will lay down the cards with Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3) or even Honeycomb (Android 3.0). But as long as the company is placing its bets with Android, consumers are impress. After all, applications will be what defines the utility of such a tablet.
As for the ICONIA, a hybrid laptop/tablet with a dual-screen, its Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS is not to be overlooked. The slick “laplet” carries a glossy touchsreen and a sophisticated media management center that is gesture controlled. So far, the specs and features of ICONIA are limited with only details that a 4 GB of RAM, two 14-inch multitouch displays, and an Intel Core i5 CPU is included.
According to EnGadget.com, a technology review site, “ICONIA may be integrated with a cloud-based system that’s designed to play multi-format content over multi-platform devices, enabling any number of gadgets to talk to one another in order to make content visible and shareable with any other device.
Acer, which also makes mobile phones, also took the opportunity to launch its newest smartphone, a 4.8 inch screen hybrid smartphone/ tablet device. The gadget is also unnamed and using Google’s Android OS. The smartphone/ tablet device, which the company proudly refers to “a phone with the soul of a tablet”, comes in a bracing 1024×480 screen resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio (talk about uber devices), a stiring 8MP high camera with an LED Flash (sure enough to capture that special moment) , a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and a Gyroscope/accelerometer combo.
After the announcement, Acer’s market share rose to 0.5 percent to NT$90.20 at 11:54 a.m. on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The stock has lost 6.1 percent this year, compared with a 1.5 percent gain by the benchmark Taiex index.