Acer has finally given in to the Tablet PC craze that has got the entire tech world firmly in its grip right now and has brought to fore for the first time a Tablet PC that its President Geanfranco Lanci unveiled at the Source Home summit in Beijing on Thursday. And that’s not all, for the Taiwan-based computer hardware firm also revealed they are readying an e-reader as well, a first from Acer and have named the device LumiRead. You will have more on the LumiRead on another post here, so for now, lets keep our focus trained on the Tablet PC from Acer.
Geanfranco Lanci also announced they are into developing a host of other applications that would make it possible for users to engage in high-speed browsing or sharing of music or video. What’s interesting is that Acer’s announcement comes in the wake of Dell announcing their plans to release the five-inch tablet PC ‘Streak’ that is also based on the open source Android operating system.
Unfortunately, not much info of the new Tablet has pilfered into the public domain as of now and whatever doing the rounds is few and far between. But what we do know is that it will have a 7 inch screen and will run the Android operating system from Google. What’s also known is that the tablet will use a processor from Qualcomm. The tablet has got some zippy performance to show off and has good touch sensitivity. The tablet is also likely to come integrated with 3G capabilities right from day one.
Unfortunately that’s as much available right now and much of the Tablet is still shrouded in mystery. Like the silvery bottom of the tablet that has within its cover almost one-third the size of the entire tablet and no one knows for sure what’s behind that, though its likely the area to house a QWERTY keypad. If that’s the case then it would resemble the current Kindle DX and will be a departure from the current Tablet devices that are almost entirely made up of a touch screen at the front. Also, other things that has been kept under wraps is the likely price of the device or when it can expect to become a market reality with the only thing Acer would come up with is the usual ‘expect the device in the second half of the year’ sort of reply.
And lastly, this is the first time tech giant Acer has publicly acknowledged their entering the Tablet PC segment, which is a reversal of sort to their earlier stand that they are scrapping their tablet pc plans. So, while this puts to rest the speculation once and for all that there is a Tablet coming our way from the world’s second largest PC maker, the lack of any definitive aspects of the Tablet puts us back into the speculative mode once again.
And while we are on the lookout for more on this, keep yourself tuned to this place for all the latest on this or for the newest e-reader news.
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