Acer Tablet Launch a Win for ConsumersNovember 24, 2010 By Jack Cottter
Acer launched a new family of tablet computers in New York City on Tuesday. The world's second largest computer company showed off some impressive new hardware to go along with a stronger focus on how content is consumed.
The highlight of the presentation was the new ICONIA, a unique dual touch screen tablet computer, but Acer also unveiled a line of Android tablets at 10, 8, and 5 inches, and with the understanding that users require different devices for different needs, Acer has developed Clear.fi, a media sharing system that allows content to be shared across every device in a household. To help supply all of this content, Acer also introduced alive, its next generation store for content.
The dual screened ICONIA represented the theme of the day, which was Acer's focus on user experience. The device is incredibly multi-functional. If the user wants to see more of a webpage, with one touch, the page expands to the lower display. To type, the user just places his or her palms on the lower display and a keyboard comes up. The lower display can house navigation including applications like the Acer ring control interface. Both screens can also be used independently, browsing different web pages, or using different programs in each one. In any case, this one device can take on the form factor for the user's needs.
Media consumption is an important part of Acer's focus, and both 14 inch displays have HD 1366x768 resolution. Acer senior Vice President Jim Wong demonstrated how easy it was to access your media with applications such as TouchVideo which allow users to scroll through their media on the lower display and with one touch, play that media on the upper display.
Acer's new line of tablets are designed to give even more options for media consumption. Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci spoke about Acer's realization that users want full control over their content, and different devices are required to meet the different demands of content consumption. Acer will release a 10.1 inch Android tablet that is excellent for HD video sharing, and online gaming in the home. Their 7 inch Android tablet is focused on providing a more mobile experience and includes video chat and video recording options. The as yet unnamed Android tablets will be available by April 2011.
A 10.1 inch Windows tablet is due in February 2011, and is geared towards versatility and functional use, coming with a dock that includes a keyboard.