We've got a number of tools in our armoury [Not weapons? Ed.] - Hazel Lewis - UK government minister
TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Acer announced business editions of its Iconia Windows 8 tablets today, the Iconia W700P and the Iconia W510P.
The consumer versions of the new Acer devices, the Iconia W700 and the Acer Iconia W510, were announced at the Computex show in Taipei in June. Today the firm announced that it will ship business focused versions of the tablets in Europe by bundling them with Window 8 Pro and slapping a "P" for "professional" at the ends of their model names.
However, Acer didn't release any details about prices or release dates for the two tablets.
With the same specifications as its consumer counterpart, the Iconia W700P features a 1.7GHz Intel Core I5 processor, an 11.6in full HD display and 128GB of SSD storage. It comes with a stylus designed for writing and digital imaging as well as an Acer Crystal Eye webcam for videoconferencing.
The tablet also features a cradle that lets users lock it in portrait or landscape view when used with a Bluetooth keyboard and adds connectivity with three USB 3.0 ports and a DC-in power plug.
The W510P is a smaller equivalent version of the W700P featuring a 10in screen. Running Windows 8, it is powered a dual-core Intel Atom chip and has 64GB of storage. Instead of a cradle, it features a docking keyboard somewhat like the Asus Transformer series of tablets.
Acer said that adding Windows 8 Professional to the tablets makes them "easy to integrate with the existing IT infrastructure". It also said that it has built in a number of custom features designed for business users, including Acer's Backup Manager and Trusted Platform Module, and that Anytime and Anywhere connectivity features also make the tablets ideal for business.
Backup Manager protects valuable data stored on the devices by automatically backing up any information stored on the tablet online or to a company server.
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) ensures data is secure by making sure that stored files conform to "corporate-level security requirements".
The Anytime and Anywhere connectivity feature means that the two tablets come with Acer InviLink Nplify WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.0+. Acer claimed this makes the device faster than regular tablets when connecting to the internet over a wireless network.
Acer's W700P and W510P tablets will join a host of Windows 8 powered tablets and laptop-tablet hybrid devices when Windows 8 makes its big debut on 26 October.
Last week was a busy time for vendors' launches of devices in this category. Lenovo for example unveiled four Windows 8 devices, including two ultrabooks, a tablet and a laptop-tablet hybrid device. HP announced a business tablet, the Elitepad 900, and Dell finally released pricing for its Windows 8 machines. And of course Microsoft's own Windows 8 tablet, the Surface is due for launch next week and went up for preorder at Microsoft's online store on Tuesday. µ
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