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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

India's first Honeycomb tablets launched by Acer

Acer today has announced the launch of two 10.1-inch tablets in India. One of the devices will be running Windows 7 and the other, Google's Android Honeycomb OS. Both the devices boast of a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display, strong build, are 13.33 mm thick and show off a full size USB port along with a mini USB port, HDMI output, Micro SD card slot and SIM Card support.

Like all other Honeycomb tablets, the Acer A500 boasts of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1.0 Ghz processor and Flash 10.1 support for a complete web browsing experience. Something the iPad still lacks to date.

Acer has also announced the launch of the Iconia dual screen notebook, which is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and will run Windows 7. Up till now, the only other company to show off a dual screen notebook was Toshiba with the Toshiba W100. The 14-inch Acer notebook will have two touch-enabled HD LED backlit displays.

In addition to the A500 and the dual screen notebook, Acer also launched a 7-inch Android tablet called the A 100 and the Iconia Smart A 300, a 4.8-inch Gingerbread powered smartphone with an 8MP camera.

Honeycomb based tablets in India have been announced recently by Samsung and Olive, but Acer has put it into action with the introduction of the A500. Other Gingerbread smartphones available in the market include the recently launched Nexus S and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc and Play. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the LG Optimus 3D are expected to hit the streets in the near future.

The 10.1-inch Gingerbread powered A500 tablet is priced at Rs. 27,990 whereas the Windows 7 based tablet is priced at Rs.32,499 and will be available with a keyboard dock.

The Acer tablets are competitively priced against the iPad 2, which was recently launched in India in the price bracket of Rs. 29,500 to Rs. 46,900 depending on the configuration.


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