Computex 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets pack optional LTE

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets pack optional LTE

Samsung has added two new Android tablets to its Galaxy Tab 3 range, an 8-inch model and a 10.1-inch model, each running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch has a 1280 x 800 display, 1.5GHz dualcore processor, and optional 3G/LTE, with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and Samsung claims it's designed for single-handed use with a weight of just 314g. As for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, that has a 1280 x 800 display and a 3-megapixel main camera, along with a 1.6GHz dualcore processor which happens to be the first Intel has supplied for a Samsung tablet.

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ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM has revealed its latest processor, the ARM Cortex-A12, packing 40-percent more performance than a Cortex-A9 but with the same power consumption and in a 30-percent smaller package. The big.LITTLE compatible A12 is a 28nm chip that can be paired with ARM's Cortex-A7 cores, driving the new, more powerful chips when processing grunt is needed, and then turning to the frugal A7's when prolonging battery life is the priority.

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Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

This week the folks at Acer have revealed several new Haswell-toting computers and a surprise entry in the mobile world: a brand new "phablet". This Acer Liquid S1 delivers what Acer itself refers to as a phablet form-factor, bringing a 5.7-inch display with HD 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Inside is a near-vanilla (but not quite) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience with a quad-core Mediatek processor and 1GB of RAM. This machine is meant to embody Acer's aim to reach the cloud with a rather unique entry into the handheld mobile environment.

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Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

While Acer is pushing forth several machines this week that take on the mantel of an entirely new design in and of themselves at Computex, the Acer Aspire S7 looks, on the surface, to be the same machine as it was earlier this year. Under the surface though is a reboot that means more than just accepting the 4th generation of Intel Core (Haswell) processors. Included in this reboot of the Aspire S7 is 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, new electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard technology, and a new option for a display sharper than its already-1080p-wielding predecessor.

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Acer Iconia W3 is industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer Iconia W3 is industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

Today at Computex Acer has revealed several products in the Windows 8 arena, coming in with a tablet that's made for a single hand, as they say, with the Acer Iconic W3. This machine is the first 8-inch tablet to have been introduced with full Windows 8 aboard, also working with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor to assure proper processing power for the full Windows 8 experience. This machine was also introduced with the 2013 Microsoft Office Home & Student suite installed out of the box, this bringing on apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Acer Aspire S3 2013 reboot nabs design tips from S7 flagship

Acer Aspire S3 2013 reboot nabs design tips from S7 flagship

This week at Computex, Acer has revealed a set of notebooks and desktop machines that bring on 4th generation Intel Core (Haswell) processor technology along with upgraded features to their units. Here with the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook line, a bit of an aesthetic change has been made to the industrial design of the machine. Deriving from the successful bits and pieces seen in the Acer Aspire S7, the Acer Aspire S3 now takes on a look that's a bit more "today".

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