What’s better than a $249 Samsung (005930) Chromebook? How about a Chromebook from Acer (2353) that sells for just $199. Google (GOOG) announced on Monday that Acer’s new C7 Chromebook would go on sale starting Tuesday for just $199 on Google Play and on Best Buy’s (BBY) website. The C7 Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768, 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage and a 320 GB hard disk drive, while weighing in at three pounds. Google’s first super-cheap Chrome-based laptop, the Samsung Chromebook, quickly sold out of stock when it went on sale last month, so it will be interesting to see if the company has similar success with the even-cheaper Acer model.
Acer (2353) has been one of the biggest Surface critics out there, so it’s not surprising that the company is taking a wait-and-see approach to the idea of releasing its own Windows RT tablets. Reuters reports that Acer is holding off on putting out any Windows RT devices “to give itself time to see how Microsoft’s (MSFT) own Surface tablet fares.” Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters that the company is being “much more cautious” about releasing a Windows RT tablet and is instead “watching how Surface is doing” and seeing how Windows RT is accepted by customers. Wong said the company had originally planned to release its own RT tablets in the first quarter of 2013, but that those plans had been pushed back to at least the second quarter for the time being.
Acer (2353) announced on Thursday it will begin selling its 7-inch (1024 x 600 resolution) Iconia Tab A110 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in North America on October 30th for $229.99. The 0.86-pound and half-inch thick slate is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB), Micro HDMI output and a battery life of 7.5 hours. It also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, but no rear camera. Acer’s press release follows below.
With Windows 8’s launch quickly approaching, Acer (2353) is not going to rest on its laurels and the company announced two new Windows 8 notebook series on Thursday. The first is the Aspire M5 Series Ultrabook line with third-generation Intel (INTC) Core i5 processors and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, HD 14-inch or 15.6-inch screens, 500GB hard drive and 20GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, backlit keyboards and 8-hour battery life. The only difference between the 14-inch and 15.6-inch Acer M5s is that the former has a 10-point multi-touch touchscreen and its body is cut from aluminum alloy, whereas the latter doesn’t have a touchscreen and is built from magnesium alloy. The Aspire M5 Series Ultrabooks will be sold exclusively at Best Buy in the U.S. beginning October 26th, and they’ll start at $699.99 (15.6-inch) and $799.99 (14-inch). More →
Acer (2353) will reportedly launch a second-generation Chromebook computer in mid-October, according to a report from Digitimes. The company hopes the device will be able to replace its dying netbook line, which is expected to be phased out of the market in the coming months. Acer was initially hesitant about promoting a new Chromebook due to low sales of its earlier model, the report claims. After Microsoft (MSFT) announced the Surface tablet, however, the company was outraged and decided to “aggressively” push its new Chromebook. According to Digitimes, the 11.6-inch computer has already entered mass production and monthly shipments are expected to reach as high as 200,000 units. In addition to Acer, it has also been reported that Lenovo (0992) may be developing a Chromebook product. More →
It started out as a small story: Acer (2353) had planned to release a smartphone in China based on the Alibaba Group’s mobile operating system before canceling it at the last minute. Sounds fairly innocuous, right? Well, not so fast. Reuters reports that Alibaba, which is China’s largest e-commerce firm, is now alleging that Acer was pressured by Google (GOOG) to scrap the device or be excommunicated from future Android related development. More →
In attempt to strengthen its smartphone presence, Acer (2353) is planning to release six new models in 2013, the company’s president Jim Wong confirmed to Digitimes. Five of the models will be based on Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system and one on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 platform. The company’s high-end models will be equipped with Qualcomm’s (QCOM) dual-core CPUs while the entry-level models will feature chipsets from MediaTek. Acer will sell its smartphones in Europe through existing sales channels, while in emerging markets — Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India – the company will look to attack the entry-level to mid-range markets rather than the high-end segment. Acer will outsource the production of its smartphones to Qisda and Compal Communications. The company did not reveal plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market. More →
Steve Ballmer had better watch out: it sounds like some of Microsoft’s (MSFT) OEM partners want to put a horse head in his bed over the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. The Financial Times reports that Acer (2353) CEO JT Wang thinks that Microsoft has built a nice little tablet and that it would be a shame if it just happened to lead to an OEM revolt. More →
Acer on Wednesday unveiled its latest tablet, the Iconia Tab A110, during the Computex Taipei trade show, The Verge reported. The 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution slate is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a front-facing camera, HDMI connectivity and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The kicker, however, is its sub-$200 price tag. The A110 looks to be one of the first tablets that will be part of NVIDIA’s low-priced high-power Kai strategy. Google and ASUS are also expected to unveil a similar 7-inch tablet running the next version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, at the company’s annual i/O Developer Conference that is scheduled to take place in San Francisco from June 27th through June 29th. Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 will be released in the third quarter this year. More →
Intel is expected to move up the announcement of its next-generation Ivy Bridge processors from the original date of April 29th to April 23rd, Digitimes reported on Thursday. ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are all preparing to release their second generation of ultrabooks in May, with average prices expected to “rapidly” drop from $999 to $699. To promote ultrabooks, Intel has also reportedly set up a $300 million fund to assist its partners in ultrabook design as well as research and development. Earlier rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to refresh its iMac family of computers with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June or July. The Cupertino-based company is also said to be ramping up production in preparation for thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. More →
It is widely believed that Google will entere the tablet market in 2012 with an own-branded 7-inch Android tablet. The search giant has reportedly partnered with ASUS to build a $199 device that will compete against Amazon’s Kindle Fire. These low-cost tablets are expected to have a big impact on the entry-level tablet market and apply pressure to other vendors such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung Electronics to cut prices, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday. The average gross margin on tablets is roughly 10% to 15% the report said, however as prices continue to drop and internal component costs increase, gross margins are expected to drop rapidly, forcing vendors and component makers to fight over narrowing profits. Google’s Nexus tablet is reportedly a “done deal” and should enter production in April and ship around June. The slate could be unveiled at Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th if earlier rumors pan out. More →
Users who are interested in a Google-powered Chromebook only have two options, Acer’s AC700 or Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook. Both laptops are powered by an Intel Atom processor, the only chip the platform currently supports. Recent rumors have suggest that Chrome OS may soon support ARM-based processors, however, opening up a number of new doors for the platform. According to the Chromium OS issue tracker, a new product code-named “Daisy” is mentioned numerous times, equipped a Samsung Exynos 5250 chip. Samsung’s 32nm chip will feature an ARM Cortex-A15 design and will be capable of running at speeds up to 2GHz — all while using less power than ARM Cortex-A9 chips and Intel Atom processors. The Chromium project is open-source, with user contributions playing a large roll in development. As such, the “Daisy” appearances do not necessarily mean Google is directly involved with the development.
Acer on Thursday announced the company’s first quad-core tablet for North America, the Acer Iconia Tab A510. The 10.1-inch tablet is equipped with a 1,280 x 800-pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, an HDMI port, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1-megapixel front facing camera. The A510 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a battery life of 12 hours with video playback, according to Acer. “The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 will exceed the expectations of customers who are ready to embrace using their tablets for more fun, entertainment and a first-rate mobile gaming experience,” said Paul Tayar, director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America. “Our second-generation Acer A510 builds on the success of its award-winning predecessor with notable improvements in performance, responsiveness and ease-of use, elevating it to the status of ultimate mobile companion. Plus, the tablet will really surprise people with its comprehensive suite of productivity apps that will enable them to remain productive and connected on-the-go.” The Iconia Tab A510 will be available in the U.S. and Canada starting at $449.99 with pre-order availability beginning immediately. Read on for Acer’s press release. More →