Acer this afternoon have announce six new devices. Some are Android tablets and some are Windows 8 devices. Lets have a look at the Android tablets first, Acer have announced two devices with two variants, so four in total. They have announced the Iconia A1 and the Iconia B1, with both coming in WiFi and WiFi + 3G variations. The A1 is a 7.9″ device and the B1 is a 7″, we actually saw the A1 leaked a few weeks ago and we covered it here.
The A1 is the higher specced device with the following features
- Quad Core 1.2GHz processor
- LED backlit display with IPS technology
- 170-degree viewing angle
- 1024×768 resolutio
- 4:3 aspect ratio
- 410 grams
- Measuring only 11.1 mm
- 802.11b/g/n wireless technology
- built-in 3G mobile data connection (in the A1-811 variant)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 5MP rear-facing camera
- Front-facing camera
- Micro USB 2.0
- Micro HDMI
- Available as 8GB or 16GB versions
- Expandable via microSD
The Iconia A1 will be available in May for the Wifi (A1-801) model and cost £149.99, the WiFi + 3G model (A1-811) model will be available in July and cost £209.99.
The Acer Iconia B1 is going to be a smaller and cheaper model, the specs for the B1 are as follows
- 1.2GHz dual-core or quad-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Android Jelly Bean
- 17.8 cm (7”) WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display
- Front-facing camera
- WiFi or 3G
- 8GB or 16GB
The Iconia B1-710 (WiFi) version will be available in mid-June at a starting price of £109 and the Iconia B1-711 (3G) version will be available in end of July at a starting price of £129.
The Iconia A1 seems like the more desirable product, mainly down to the higher spec, but by the time these get to market how far behind will they be? We will almost have a new Nexus 7 and a new iPad Mini on our hands.
If you like press releases then here you go, two of them.
New York, (May 3, 2013), Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia A1, the company’s first full-featured 20.1 cm (7.9”) tablet targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and busy mobile executives requiring an all-day mobile companion. Thanks to a sleek and light-weight design that is comfortable to hold in one hand, it also easily fits into a purse. The new Acer Iconia A1 keeps people entertained and connected with smooth and speedy navigation, browsing and media playback powered by a fast quad-core processor.
The Acer Iconia A1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia B1. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design. #AcerTouch.
“Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day,” Oliver Ahrens, president, Acer Europe. “We want everyone to experience that. Everything that makes tablets so enjoyable is even better on the perfectly-sized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while sleek build make it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right in one hand. “
Highly Responsive Fun
Busy mobile users get the prompt performance they want with smooth video playback, and fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites powered by a fast Quad Core 1.2GHz processor. Gestures, zooming, scrolling and navigation are all intuitive and games responsive, realistic and even more fun with the integrated gyroscope for movement and vibration responses.
The LED backlit display with IPS(1) technology and a 170-degree viewing angle vibrantly highlights videos, photos and multimedia content in accurate color and brightness. The 1024×768 resolution makes text and graphics crisp and clear, while the 4:3 aspect ratio is great for web browsing and e-reading as well as gaming.
Acer’s new Touch WakeApp gesture gives customers one-touch express access to their favorite apps directly upon waking from sleep. The Icona A1 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and great content such as magazines, movies, games, books and more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store.
Easy to take Everywhere to Stay Connected
Starting at only 410 grams(2) and measuring only 11.1 mm, customers will also enjoy taking it with them for navigation and location-based apps via the built-in GPS(3)
The Acer Iconia A1 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks and hotspots with reliable 802.11b/g/n wireless technology or built-in 3G(4) mobile data connection. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.
The 5MP rear-facing camera captures 1080p video at 30fps that can easily be edited for quick sharing on-the-go. The front-facing camera pairs with the enhanced microphone to capture video and audio clearly for video chats and recording. The micro USB 2.0 and microHDMI port enable quick transfer or sharing of customer’s photos, music, videos and other digital content.
Available as 8GB(5) or 16GB(5) version to add 32GB(5) via microSD, the Iconia A1 is the ideal digital companion for people which are constantly up and about.
Pricing and Availability
The Iconia A1-810 (WiFi) version will be available end of May at a starting price of €169.-(6).
The Iconia A1-811 (3G) version will be available end of July at a starting price of €219.- (6).
New York, (May 3, 2013), Acer today unveiled the second generation Acer Iconia B1 with a new pure and simple design, increased performance and additional 3G(2) data connection option, setting a new standard for a tablet targeted at young or new users or families looking for an additional tablet for their children. The Iconia B1 is also ideal for busy individuals seeking a convenient mobile companion.
At 17.8 cm (7”) – the same size as standard book page – the display is comfortable for e-reading, web browsing, playing games and watching videos. The Iconia B1 joins forces today with the launch of the Iconia A1 to offer a uniformed look and feel when searching for a tablet solution for all members of the family.
The Acer Iconia B1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia A1. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design. #AcerTouch.
Highly Responsive Fun
To take your experience to the next level, this tablet combines a 1.2GHz dual-core or quad-core(3) processor or quadand 1GB of memory for fast and smooth gaming, web browsing and video watching with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system to get quickly precise answers to your search queries and seamless browsing. For many search queries performed through VoiceSearch, you can now hear a spoken answer quickly.
Fast and Free Media
Over 500 free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and top web sites are always at your fingertips thanks to Google Currents. The recently updated smart mobile app allows you to discover, read, and share your favorite new outlets, blogs and online magazine on the 17.8 cm (7”) WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display – even when offline. If you are into playing, you have more than 700,000 games and apps from the Play Store to choose from.
Capture and Share More
To top off the rich experience, the Iconia B1 comes with a front-facing camera to engage in live chats with your friends. The camera is on the top right corner and works also when in landscape mode, allowing your friends to get into the picture during a video chat.
Available with WiFi or 3G(2) data connection as 8GB(4) or 16GB(4) version with the option to add 32GB(4) via via microSD™, the Iconia B1 is the ideal easy companion for tablet newbies or children while adults use their own.
Pricing and Availability
The Iconia B1-710 (WiFi) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa mid-June at a starting price of €129.-.(1)
The Iconia B1-711 (3G) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa end of July at a starting price of €179.-.