The computer manufacturer told Computerworld that in the first half of 2011, it will begin selling two or three new Android tablets in the 7- to 10-inch range. While Acer didn't specify the price or Android version, the company did say something that's sure to get your Android-loving heart racing: the tablets will be "faster than laptops with Windows operating systems," and will use a quad-core Intel Sandy Bridge processor.
Looks like we might finally start seeing the candybar form factor a little more often [or maybe not, given the specs --Aaron], as Acer has unveiled the BlackBerry-esque beTouch E210. The E210 packs a four row QWERTY keyboard and 2.6" touchscreen into a 115 x 62.5 x 11.5mm chassis. It also includes an optical trackpad for more precise navigation needs.
The newest beTouch will be running Android 2.2 on a ST Ericsson 416MHz chip, and packs 256MB RAM and a 512MB ROM.
Taiwanese consumer electronics giant Acer is having a global press conference in New York right now, and they just wrapped up the hardware portion of the event. In its wake are three new Android devices to lust over. Rather than forcing you to go with one size only, Acer has an attractive trio to choose from.
First up was a 10-incher, powered by a 1GHz Tegra II. The device will run Google's "Android Tablet OS" (Honeycomb?) with a custom Acer UI, but was demoed running Froyo.
According to multiple sources, Acer is planning a special event tomorrow in New York to announce three tablets - one 5-inch (not much is known about it), one 7-inch (is expected to run Android 2.2), and a 10-inch (is expected to run Windows 7). Acer showed off a tablet several months back with a front-facing keyboard with a 7-inch screen; there's a good chance this is the same product but with some revisions.
- 1 GHz Snapdragon 8250 (45nm process - check out this article for details on why that's a good thing)
- 5 MP Camera
- 3.5" screen
- Android 2.1
The only real customizations are that it's apparently been custom designed by Ferrari to be light weight, and checks in at 135g.
For one of the first phones out with a Snapdragon, this sure has been some time coming. Over at the MoDaCo Android forum, poster LIQUID_USER managed to obtain what he has described as a “very early build” for Acer’s 3.5”, Éclair-running slate. Despite this somewhat unofficial status, the build Acer_LiquidF_0.007.00_EMEA-GEN1_05.01.01) is said to be quite stable, with most device functions working as normal, including wireless tethering and Adobe Flash.
As expected, performance benchmarks have increased but the CPU still can’t quite catch the Nexus One at its current clocking (on the other hand, the Acer Liquid’s GPU drivers have always produced better results than the N1, which has sparked a porting project over on XDA-Developers).
If you can’t wait any longer for a quality Android tablet, this may come as a bit of bad news. Both Acer and Motorola are planning to delay the release of their respective Android tablets until the release of Android 3.0, which is expected to feature support for higher-resolution screens.
Acer’s tablet may be pushed back until the first quarter of 2011, which could put a damper on previous rumors that Gingerbread would be released some time before the end of the year.
The Acer Stream is coming to the UK, and it’s coming soon. Acer’s newest and most powerful Android device to date will initially be available exclusively through eXpansys.com in the UK starting on August 2nd. £400 will get you the device, unlocked. This is your only purchase option, as no carrier subsidies have yet been announced. I will say it’s pretty robust on the spec-sheet. The Stream features:
- A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
- 3.7” WVGA AMOLED Display
- 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
- 2GB Internal (Flash) Memory
- MicroSD Card Slot
- WiFi (presumably B/G/N), Bluetooth, and GPS
- Mini HDMI-out
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 720P (24FPS) Video Recording
- 5MP Camera
- Android 2.1 with Acer Touch 3D UI 4.0
And here is the Stream, in all its glory:
The first thing I notice about the Stream is its lack of a trackball, d-pad, or optical trackpad.
Acer’s new beTouch E130 has passed the FCC. Check this thing out – it looks like they just slapped together some hardware they had left over in the 2005 parts bin, and the specs aren’t much better:
- QWERTY keypad
- 2.6” 320 x 240 screen
- 416 Mhz CPU
- 256 MB RAM
- 512 MB Memory
- 3.2 MP Camera
- WiFi (likely topping out at 802.11g)
- Android 1.6
I have no idea what Acer is shooting for with this phone.