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Acer outs updated Iconia A1 and B1 Android tablets and Liquid Z5 smartphone

Also reveals refreshed C720p Chromebook
Fri Jan 03 2014, 10:54

THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) is almost upon us, and Acer has been quick to reveal what we can expect to see from it in Las Vegas.

Clearly looking to prevent its new products announcements from getting lost in the CES madness, Acer unveiled updates to its affordable Iconia A1 and Iconia B1 Android tablets today.

Acer's updated Iconia A1-830 features a 7.9in 1024x768 display housed in a "premium aluminum" chassis, and it improves on the original with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Clovertrail+ chip under the hood. This comes paired with with 1GB of RAM, and Google's ageing Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

Acer's updated Iconia A1 Android tablet to debut at CES

It also has 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, dual cameras, WiFi connectivity and 7.5 hour battery life. It will be offered along with Acer's optional Crunch Keyboard, which the firm boasts is only 5.3mm thick.

Acer AVP of the Mobile Consumer business unit Jerry Kao said, "Our fundamental goal when creating the Acer Iconia A1-830 was to provide our customers with an optimized Android tablet that stands out from other devices.

"Consumers expect more than ever from value-oriented products, and the Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet delivers much more than tablets in this class with its vibrant IPS display, premium aluminium metal finish and great performance and sound."

The updated Acer Iconia B1 is a cheaper alternative to the A1 tablet, touting a smaller 7in display, a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, WiFi and optional 3G connectivity. It will be available in grey and red versions.

The Acer Iconia B1 will be available mid-January from €129, while the Iconia A1 tablet will be priced at €169. Acer has not announced UK availability, but it told The INQUIRER that we can expect a UK release.

Acer also announced the Liquid Z5 smartphone on Friday, which will also launch in mid-January priced at €169. It will have a 5in 16:9 aspect ratio display, a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera and the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

Acer Liquid S5 Android smartphone

Acer has also been keen to boast that the handset measures just 8.8mm thick and tips the scales at 147g.

Not content with two tablets and a smartphone under its CES belt, Acer also today revealed an update to its C720P Chromebook laptop, which is now available in a Moonstone White flavour, and said that its S3 Ultrabook is now shipping in the UK.

The firm has also spilled some details on availability of the Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet, which will arrive in Europe at the end of January priced at €299. µ


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