Acer announces convertible Windows 8 tablets; a new Android 4.0 model

August 31, 2012

The Iconia Tab W510 and Iconia Tab W700 Windows 8 tablets were unveiled during the Taiwanese firm’s press briefing at the IFA tech show in Germany today, along with the A210 Android tablet.

The W510 certainly looks like it could have a future in a business setting with its 10.1-inch display, Atom processor, micro USB and HDMI connections and 64GB of storage capacity, as well as the removable keyboard dock that can offers another 18 hours of battery life.

The tablet is WiFi only, although a 3G option is also available.

Acer’s second Windows 8 tablet is called the W700, an 11.6-inch model which offers a choice between a Core i3 or i5 Ivy Bridge chipset and 32GB or 64GB of storage.

This model doesn’t boast a detachable keyboard (a Bluetooth model is optional) but does come with a docking station that can prop the tablet up in horizontal or portrait orientation, as well as offer three USB 3.0 outputs and a DC-in power plug.

Away from the craze of Windows 8 tablets and Acer also unveiled the successor to its Android A200 tablet — the A210.

Acer has confirmed that the A210 will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sport a 10.1-inch display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and offer dual-facing cameras.

Acer declined the chance to unveil price and availability details at the technology exhibition, although tech website Hardware.info has claimed the firm will try and sell the W510 and W700 Windows 8 tablets at around €599 ($750) and €699 ($880), respectively. Older reports have put the A210 at under $200, a price which would give Google and Amazon some competition in the budget Android tablet market.

The Taiwanese firm will certainly be hoping for some lift-off from these new tablets, having reportedly fallen out of favor in the tablet space in recent months.

The company has also been critical of Microsoft in the past, claiming that the software giant's own-brand Windows 8 tablet(Surface) could have a 'huge negative impact on the ecosystem'.

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