Acer unveils new tablet devices

Acer announces new dual screen, no keyboard tablet and plans for Android-based tablets

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Acer unveils new tablet devices Acer's Iconia tablet has two multi-touch screens
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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2010

Acer has unveiled a new dual-screen tablet PC and announced a series of Android-based tablet devices at an event in New York.

The company also announced a new content sharing platform, and an online store, in what it says is its answer to the ‘digital challenge'.

The new Iconia tablet device has a traditional clamshell type form factor, but replaces the keyboard with a second touchscreen and virtual keyboard. Both 14" screens have a ten-point multi-touch capability, meaning that the user can type on the screen using all fingers and thumbs. The screens have HD 1366x768 resolution, with high-brightness Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit technology, and are made with tough ‘Gorilla Glass' screens.

Both screens will be independent of the other, so users can do one task in one screen, and one in another. Control will be through the Acer Ring onscreen control, which allows users to launch applications and access menus onscreen, including the full-sized virtual keyboard.

The Iconia also includes Acer's proprietary Touch applications, including as TouchBrowser, TouchPhoto, TouchMusic and TouchVideo, and introduces three new applications: SocialJogger, to integrate social media; My Journal, to collect web clippings of favourite sites, and Scrapbook, to collect multiple types of content in one place.

The tablet runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, with Windows 7 Home Premium. The device will have a built in web cam, with 3G connectivity, Dolby Home Theater v3 and HDMI port, and HDD of 320-750 GB capacity. It is due for launch in January.

Acer's unnamed Android-based tablet line up will consist of a 10.1" and 7" model, with Wi-Fi and 3G, while the 10.1" will include front and rear cameras. Both are expected to launch in April.

The tablet range will also be joined with another 10.1" Windows-based device, due in February.

Acer also announced a new content sharing platform, Clear.fi, which brings all multimedia content stored on a home wireless network together under one system with a common interface, to enable sharing across any Clear.fi enabled-device. The system is intended to make sharing of content simpler, and all Acer-brand devices will now come with Clear.fi embedded.

The company also announced its new Alive store, with free and paid, local and global content, presented to users via real-time feeds. The store will also include a channel concept with content related according to specicfic themes, and the ability for users to post and share reviews of content.

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