Acer has rolled out the red carpet for a new tablet, the Iconia A1-830. This 7.9-inch slate features an IPS display and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet boasts several bragging points, among them being a long battery life and slight profile, both of which accompany a design that aims to be both durable and stylish. The unit is slated to arrive in North America sometime this quarter for $149 USD.
Acer has boosted its Chromebook line with a new configuration option, the C720P-2600. With this refresh of sorts, the laptop will be available next week in Moonstone White, and with the new color will also come a slight increase in memory to 2GB. Beyond that, the laptop remains largely the same as the original model, and will be sold at retailers for $299.99 USD.
Joining the newly announced A1-830 tablet is the new Acer Iconia B1-720, a smaller 7-inch tablet that is otherwise fairly similar to its larger A1 sibling. As with the A1, the Iconia B1-720 offers Jelly Bean and the promise of both high performance and battery life. Rather than the aluminum design, however, the B1 makes things a bit more classy with a textured and silky finish.
Acer has trotted out a new all in one computer that is designed to sit on the desktop or counter and be carried with you on the go. That is a strange combination making the AIO computer something like a large tablet. Acer isn’t the first to do this, other computer makers like HP, Lenovo and Sony have done the same thing.
There's a new 8-inch tablet well on its way to market with Acer's name on it, bringing with it Intel Baytrail technology to boot. This is the Acer Iconia W4, sporting an Intel Baytrail Z3740 processor, Intel HD graphics (Generation 7, Baytrail), and Windows 8. This device works with an 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
Acer has added touch to its C720 Chromebook, creating the $200 Acer C720P Chromebook, an affordable 11.6-inch alternative to Google's well-reviewed but expensive Pixel. The new C720P adds a 1366 x 768 touchscreen display to the C720, with Intel's Celeron 2955U Haswell processor under the hood, and the promise of up to 7.5 hours of battery life.
Due to the less-than-stellar state of affairs in selling computers at Acer as of late, both the CEO and the Corporate President of the company have stepped down from their respective positions. To replace them, the board has elected the company's founder Stan Shih as both CEO and Corporate President all rolled into one. This will be a temporary assignment as the company seeks full-time replacements for the former positions of J.T. Wang and Jim Wong.
Today the folks at Acer have taken the notebook with the Ezel-Hinge (the one that makes it look like the Enterprise from Star Trek) and have given it a reboot with an integrated digitizer. This piece of technology makes the machine able to work with an optional Acer active stylus, adding to the already above-and-beyond unique design of the machine.
With the Acer C720-2848 the company has decided to cut the line, so to speak, making the device which appears the same as the earlier model cost just a bit less due to changes to its innards. What you've got here is a $199.99 model of the C720, this version working with the same Intel Celeron processor (based on Haswell) with an 11.6-inch HD display at 1366 x 768 pixels sharp and an integrated webcam. And it's running Chrome OS, of course.
Today Acer has reported that they're not doing especially well in the PC business, reporting losses and a restructuring plan which includes the resignation of J.T. Wang as CEO. Acer corporate President Jim Wong will take over as CEO, while Wang will remain as chairman until June of 2014. Plans for restructure include a cut of 7 percent of employees worldwide, while raising T$2.87 billion (approximately $98 million USD) with 136 million new common shares.
IDC has released its third-quarter numbers on the tablet industry, and in them we see good news for four of the top five tablet vendors, with all but Apple seeing growth -- in a couple cases, substantial growth -- year-on-year. For Samsung in particular, the market share numbers compared to the same quarter last year rose by 8-percent, taking the Korean company above the 20-percent mark.