Acer has been trying to make its way in the tech world for a few years. The company has grown progressively stronger, as Acer devices become increasingly better. At this year's Computex conference (happening right now), Acer has unveiled a Windows 8 tablet and Android smartphone that are both worthy of your attention. Here's what Acer has been cooking up lately.
Acer's New Devices: The Iconia Tablet
First, let's start with what's known about the Windows 8 tablet. The Iconia W3 has an 8.1-inch LED screen; 1280x800 resolution; two 2-megapixel cameras (front and back), and either 64GB or 32GB of memory (you can expand this with microSD memory cards). The new Iconia also come with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor.
You'll also find a micro-HDMI port and a nice 8-hour battery. Acer is also aiming at students with the new Iconia, since this tablet comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office. The Iconia will be available this June, and Acer has priced the tablet as follows: 32GB at $428 and the 64GB at $492.
Acer's New Smartphone Details
The new Acer smartphone comes with 1280X720 resolution; a quad-core 1.5GHz processor; 8GB of storage (expandable as well); 1GB of memory; and a 5.7-inch screen. The resolution might be slightly disappointing, but this phone doesn't come with any bloatware at all, and that's always a good thing.
You won't find LTE on this phone, but you will find a dual-SIM. This is also a phone that anyone searching for a large Android phone will want to check out. Even though that resolution isn't the best, this phone does have a decent screen size.
Acer has named the new smartphone the 'Liquid S1,' and it should be available later in 2013. Acer will release the phone in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Russia first. The starting price for the new phone will be в‚¬349 ($454).
Acer Is Moving Forward
Acer is really making strides where new devices are concerned. While once considered a budget company, Acer's products are starting to get in line with the big boys. If you're looking for devices that won't break the bank (but include everything, or most things, that you're looking for), Acer is the way to go.
There is a lot of hype surrounding Acer's new tablet and smartphone, and the company is set to introduce some additional devices as well. It will be interesting to see whether or not Acer brings its new smartphone and tablet offerings to the United States or elsewhere in North America.
It seems as though the company is poised to release the new Iconia in North America, though no word about a North American smartphone release has been issued. When Acer does release both of these devices, I'll keep you posted on a complete review of the products.
Here's my advice: if you're shopping for a new tablet, I'd hold off until Acer's newest products arrive. Already, Acer seems to have stepped up its game, and the newest devices from this company were built to impress.