[email protected] Press Conference – Unveiled Products Roundup
Acer might not be the biggest manufacturer when it comes to Android, but nevertheless they offer some good products for reasonable prices. At today’s New York event, their inaugural [email protected] global press conference showed us what’s next in their Android and Chromebook repertoire, as well as some Microsoft products. Their new line-ups are focused on specific areas of life: productivity, education, entertainment, gaming and connecting. Now that the next products are landing and the press release kits are out, we have a clear look.
The Iconia One 8 features advanced touch capabilities as a selling point. It hosts “Acer Precision Plus” technology for an accurate touch and writing experience, as well as sketching on the fly. You can use the optional “Acer Accurate” stylus, or a simple fine tip 2mm pencil – a cheap and vastly available solution. The processor inside is a quad-core Intel Atom clocked at up to 1.83GHz with Intel HD Graphics, and you can get up to 32GB of on-board storage. The tablet also features simple gestures and quick access icons. Android 5.0 is on board with an “enhanced user interface”. The Iconia 8 will be available in North America in July with prices starting at just $149.
The Iconia Tab 10 Education aims to make learning in class more engaging, and Acer is working with Google to join the Google Education ecosystem with the purpose of bringing richer resources to classrooms all over the globe. It has a Gorilla Glass 4 panel and a reinforced mechanical design to “withstand classroom use” (kids are wild nowadays, I guess). There’s a FHD 10.1 inch Display on board, as well as the previously mentioned “Acer Precision Plus” technology. Inside you can find an Intel Atom processor (quad-core clocked at 1.83GHz) that promises excellent performance and long battery life, as well as 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The tablet will be available in North America in May with prices starting at $299.
The new Chromebook offerings are budget-friendly and also promise long battery life – Acer claims that the CNB-531 model can reach 11.5 hours of light use. This model features an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor with Intel HD Graphics (so don’t expect excellent gaming performance), up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage (before you judge, let’s not forget this is a Chromebook). The entry-level Acer Chromebook will be available in North America starting in July with prices beginning at $199.99. For those wanting a little more speed and power, the CB5-572 and C910 models offer better processors with a Broadwell Intel Core i3 5005U or Intel Core i5 5200U, and memory up to 4GB as well as SSD storage of up to 32GB. These Acer Chromebooks also feature large and responsive touchpads, as well as two full-sized upwards facing speakers for your hearing pleasure.
So there you have it, the new tablets offer decent specifications for rather cheap prices, and the Chromebooks are very much what we come to expect as well. They are not designed to be game-changers, but rather solid competitors in different market sectors. There’s also an Acer “Predator” Tablet coming up later this year that is said to be focused on gaming, as well as a Liquid X2 phone with a powerful SoC and a 4,000 mAh battery – so if you want amazing performance you should look in that direction. Considering that Acer owns over a third of the Chromebook market, many might want to pick up these new computers out of brand alone. The new tablets might not be as feature or spec packed as the rest of the competition, but Acer is clearly aiming for a particular niche with their educational approach. Precise stylus technology is also welcome on tablets, and with no need for an actual stylus many might find the 8-inch tablet a solid classroom companion.
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