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

by Doug Drinkwater

May 3 2013

Acer corporate president Jim Wong, Acer CEO JT Wang, and another executive (from left) unveiled the firm's new devices in New York today (Image: CBS Interactive)
Acer corporate president Jim Wong, Acer CEO JT Wang, and another executive (from left) unveiled the firm's new devices in New York today (Image: CBS Interactive)

At an eventful press party in New York today, Acer took the wraps off a number of new products, including a $169 Android tablet and two convertible Windows 8 models.

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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  • ChadLowe1000
    1 year 3 months ago

    The new Acer looks good, but it may also be worthwhile to review the new Novo 8 Discovery tablet that launches next week and offers a more powerful battery (5000 mAh) compared to the 3250 mAh on the Acer; twice the DRAM (2GB DDR3) and an 8 Core GPU (Power VR SGX544MP2); and while matching most other features of the Iconia tablet, it has a much better price of $155 -- with one of the first sites it's available through is called TabletSprint -- the Novo 8 Discovery also features one the latest tech innovations which launched in 2013 -- Miracast HD Wireless technology, and with a $25 computer stick adapter it provides the tablet with wireless connection to any HDTV - ideal for streaming movies (Netflix) and for video games as well as any other web content... essentially turning any HDTV into a computer. The site TabletSprint also offers a promotion with Bonus Apps that include several popular 3D games such as Shadowgun and an Office Suite with Word, Excel & PowerPoint --

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