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Acer bets big on tablets with Android-powered Iconia One 7 and Tab 7 devices

Takes swipe at declining Windows PC market with unveiling of two Android tablets
Tue Apr 29 2014, 16:45
Acer logo at New York launch event

NEW YORK: ACER ANNOUNCED PLANS on Tuesday to push further into the growing tablet market due to declining PC sales, and unveiled the Acer Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7 devices.

Likely a nod at the firm's pessimism regarding Windows 8, Acer's Iconia One 7 and Tab 7 tablets arrive running Google's Android mobile operating system, coated in Acer's custom skin and with the firm's Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) included. However, while the Tab 7 arrives running Android 4.4 Kitkat, the One 7 will ship running Google's ageing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Acer Iconia Tab 7 is the more high-end of the two devices, with the tablet arriving clad in an aluminium casing, which houses a quad-core processor.

There's a 7in HD IPS display at the forefront of the tablet, which much like the firm's new Aspire Switch 10 multi-mode device, boasts Acer's zero gap technology, which should make for better responsiveness and colour vibrancy compared to similar devices.

Acer has yet to reveal full specifications, but confirmed that the device - much like the Asus Fonepad - can be used to make phone calls, that's if you don't mind slapping a 7in device against your face.

While pricing details remain to be revealed, the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet is likely to be the cheaper of the two, with the tablet featuring a cheaper looking plastic casing, which will be available in 10 colour options at launch.

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet in blue

The Iconia One 7, which clearly is looking to challenge Google's affordable Nexus 7 tablet, also boasts a dual-core Intel processor and both front and rear-facing cameras.

This announcement sees Acer betting big on the tablet market, with the firm's PC sales slumping, and the company's CEO John Chen today taking a swipe at the struggling PC market.

"We are in a PC industry, and - as we all know - it is not a growing sector. We are trying to redefine our business goal beyond the PC, and are looking at mobile and the Internet of Things to help us to do this," he said.

The Acer Iconia Tab 7 will be available at the end of may from €149, while the Iconia One 7 will launch in the middle of the month priced at €139. µ


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