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Acer's big guns: 10-in, 7-inch and dual-screen tablets

After lots of tablet promises, Acer has finally unveiled its line of 2011 tablets, including 7-inch, 10-inch, Windows, Android, and dual screen tablets.

In a move to preempt the avalanche of tablet announcements we're going to hear at CES 2010 in January, Acer unveiled its 2011 tablet plans on Tuesday. With a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, a 10-inch Android tablet, a 7-inch Android tablet, and a dual-screen tablet/laptop hybrid, Acer is trying to compete with the Apple iPad from every angle and then see which of its devices consumers prefer the most.

Acer has emerged in recent years as one of the new superpowers in the computer business, so it is also one the companies that has been hurt the most from the iPad eating into netbook and laptop sales. Acer has been an outspoken critic of the iPad, and it has been making promises about forthcoming tablets throughout 2010.

On Tuesday, Acer unveiled five devices:

  1. 10.1-inch Windows 7 tablet
  2. 10.1-inch Android tablet
  3. 7-inch Android tablet
  4. 14-inch dual-screen hybrid tablet/laptop called "Iconia"
  5. 4.8-inch Android smartphone

For all the gory details and specs, read these reports:

The one big thing Acer didn't reveal was the price of these devices. Earlier this year the company said that it planned to release a series of tablets between $300-$700. It would certainly make sense to see the 7-inch Android tablet at $300 (the price the Samsung Galaxy Tab should have been) and the Windows tablet at $700 (which would compete with the HP Slate 500), with the 10-inch Android model falling somewhere in between. However, since a deluge of tablets are expected to be announced over the next two months, I think Acer is hedging its bets for now to see where its competitors price their products.

Acer said it plans to launch the devices in February.

Slide show of 2011 Acer tablets

Demo of the dual-screen Acer Iconia

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

13 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I see you've been studying maketing for a long time but still don't have a clue on how to market a product, good show!

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

There's an almost identical thread running parallel to this one. Of course sans the expertise of the great Jason Hiner. This has potential, even at $1500.00 it is less than half the price of some other tablets, mind you I don't think I could drop it from 30' onto concrete or wash it off with the hose like some others.

Tlogtenb
Tlogtenb

I find the Iconia is a really forward thinking device, but poorly executed. The glossy screen is prone to fingerprints, damage and scratching. From the demo it looks really slow and the touch sensitivity is weak. The product I am waiting to see is a decent attempt at building the courier which Microsoft axed.

tehpea
tehpea

My newsletter read "long-awaited tablets"... please, don't make me laugh. Since when is anything made by Acer long-awaited?

santeewelding
santeewelding

Who is it that you try to attract with this? Sure as hell isn't me.

ysraelfortuno
ysraelfortuno

It amazing and nice new style in line of table PC. But how is the quality and performace?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

We are living in a world of tech toys, and this one actually DOES something for a change. I mean yeah it's not fantastic or anything, but at least functional and still pretty cool. A bit pricey but that'll drop just like all electronics prices, certainly lot cheaper than others I've seen, even though not rugged or anything. Price point in around $900-$1100 wouldn't be bad though and I'd have to see what battery options will be made available, like the docking part too, just when I thought docks were dead!

wayne
wayne

From the video, the responsiveness seems a little slow. But my expectation from Acer is very competitive pricing, not leading edge stuff. As for glossy, I like it, just need to wipe clean regularly.

SvenVdS
SvenVdS

First of all, it looks fruity and secondly it looks absolutely disgusting after a few days of handling. And I'm just talking about note/netbooks now. Think about the finger grease these tablets will accumulate since you HAVE to smear your fingers over it the whole time. I really don't get glossy ... please manufacturers, get your head out of where the sun don't shine.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Expected to start at $1500. Which is about half the cost of some other touch screen notebooks/tablets.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

It's easier to clean a glossy screen, as it is less porous it wipes clean and doesn't absorb solvents and detergents in cleaners which can fog and make IR input even worse than it already is.

jmarkovic32
jmarkovic32

The absolutely ass-reaming high prices were the downfall of pre-iPad tablets.

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