After Acer introduced some very strange all-in-one desktop at Computex, the company still have a few more Windows 8 tablets being unveiled at the show. There are two models — Acer Iconia W700 and Iconia W510. The W700 is quite remarkable since it is an Ivy Bridge-loaded machine, combined with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. Check out how it performs after the break, with photos and videos.
Here is the details that we know about this tablet so far. It packs a 11.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen with 10-finger multitouch support, running an Intel Ivy Bridge processor under the hood, comes along with a Thunderbolt port, a micro-HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, power jack, headphone jack, volume rocker, a front-facing camera and a 5 mega-pixel rear camera. Acer claimed it should have about 8-hours of battery life, however it is unclear if the processor will suck up too much battery juice.
The machine also comes with a cradle that allows the tablet slides into place either horizontally or vertically, giving 70 degrees for landscape viewing and 20 degrees for touch use. Unlike Asus Transformer’s docking keyboard, this cradle does not have an internal battery, but it does allow to charge your tablet while it’s inserted, because there is a power jack located at the back of the cradle. Moreover, there are three extra USB 3.0 ports on the cradle, which sit next to the power jack. Acer said this device will hit the shelves at around $799 to $999 (not sure if that price included the cradle).
Acer Iconia W510 (10.1-inch version)
Here is another tablet sits in Acer’s new Windows 8 line up at Computex, called the Acer Iconia W510. It has the same design concept as Asus’ Transformer Android tablets. At the moment, we are not sure what packs inside the machine. But physically, we know the tablet packs a 10.1-inch IPS display, an 8 megapixel camera, has ports for SIM card, micro-SD, micro-USB, micro-HDMI and headphone, as well as speakers on either side with Dolby Home Theater hardware and software inside.
When the tablet docked with the detachable chiclet keyboard, it provides extended battery life, which enabling up to 18 hours of use. Other than that, the dock provides a USB 2.0 port on the side and allowing 295 degree rotations of the tablet. Acer claimed this model will be available in between $599-$799.
The two Acer’s Windows 8 tablets are exciting, and we can see Microsoft is aiming to market its Windows 8 OS to be a complete solution in one device. Perhaps, you guys now are feeling positive about the two Acer’s new tablets, but bear in mind, it is only the beginning, there are heaps more hybrids like these two from different companies like ASUS, Dell, Samsung.
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