Acer unveils new tablets; looks to bring down the Kindle Fire and Surface Pro

May 3, 2013

The Taiwanese firm detailed three new tablet-like devices at the press event; the 7.9-inch Iconia A1, the 11.6-inch Aspire P3 and the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire R7.

The Iconia A1 is an Android tablet with a quad-core processor and an IPS display and while detailed specifications were not available, Acer confirmed that it will launch in June at $169, a price which puts it in competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.

However, while that tablet appear to be positioned as a consumer-friendly device, Acer is also looking to attract business users with two Windows 8 devices that blur the line between tablets and Ultrabooks.

The first of these is the Aspire P3, an 11.6-inch device which was described by company officials as an “ultrabook convertible” at the event. The Aspire P3 can be fitted with a Core i3/i5 processor, comes with its own detachable keyboard cover, connections for HDMI and USB 3.0 and up to 128GB of SSD storage.  Acer says that the model, which has a battery life of six hours, is available immediately for $799.99.

The most innovative device on show at the event was the Acer Aspire R7, which is a 15.6-inch Windows 8 Ultrabook. The model has a hinge that allows users to rotate and flip the screen to use it as a tablet. The device, which is to start from $1,000, will hit retail stores in mid-May and will first come to Best Buy in the U.S.

Just last week, Chinese reporters correctly predicted that Acer would launch new Windows 8 tablets in New York on May 3, but incorrectly guessed that this would be for the Iconia W3, Acer's rumored 8-inch model. 

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