November 23, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Today at a New York City press event, Acer announced no less than three new devices: two tablets running Android 3 Honeycomb, and a particularly stylish 4.8-inch smartphone with a curved back and full metal body. Acer also revealed its own application market which the company plans to have ready when these units launch.
The bigger of the two tablets rock a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 resolution (WXGA) and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU. The device comes with dual cameras: a 5MP shooter on the back, as well as a front-facing cam for video calling.
The other Acer tablet features a smaller 7-inch screen (like the Galaxy Tab), but with the same 1280 x 800 resolution, and instead of a Tegra 2 processor it packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm CPU. Both tablets will support Flash Player 10.1 and run Acer UI 4.5 on top of Honeycomb. They’re expected to hit shelves in April 2011.
Acer also revealed a 4.8-inch smartphone that the Taiwanese manufacturer calls “100 percent smartphone, 100 percent tablet.” The device was demonstrated running Acer’s latest custom UI and an unknown version of Android. Its screen has a quite unusual 1024 x 480 resolution with an equally atypical 21:9 aspect ratio. Other specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 8MP rear camera with 720p video capture, a 2MP front-facing camera, a six-axis gyroscope, HDMI out, Bluetooth 3.0 and “LED edge lighting.” The good-looking handset will start shipping to customers everywhere in April. Curiously, it seems that no names for these devices were announced, but they will surely get monikers in time.
Finally, Acer joined the likes of Verizon and Amazon and announced its own Android app store. It’s called Alive, and will feature games, movies, music, e-books and naturally applications as well. It will be available in the UK next month for Acer’s Windows 7 customers, and the Android version is said to launch in Q2 2011.