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Acer shows two eight-inch Android, Windows tablets; 10.1-inch slab

09/03, 12:18pm

Identical Iconia Tab 8 W and One 8 run Windows 8.1, Android respectively

Acer today announced two new tablets, and expanded the Iconia One series. Shown at today's IFA show in Berlin were the Windows with Bing-driven Iconia Tab 8 W, and the Android-based Iconia Tab 10, and Iconia One 8. All three models are expected in the US in October and November, with slightly earlier launches in Europe.

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Acer ships Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet in United States after delay

01/03, 10:51am

Iconia W4 ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013

Acer has allegedly started shipping its Iconia W4 tablet in the United States, months after its initial expected shipping time in October last year. Though the computer producer states the eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet will be available later this month in both the US and Europe, it has apparently been listed by a number of online retailers as available to purchase.

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Acer revises Iconia A1, Iconia B1 tablets, upgrades C720P Chromebook

01/03, 8:12am

Updated budget Acer Android tablets will appear at CES 2014

Acer will be adding to its Iconia tablet range with two updated models, the company has revealed. The revised Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720, upgraded from the earlier Iconia A1and B1 respectively, will be joined at CES next week by the revised C720P Chromebook, an updated model of the touchscreen noteboook the company revealed in late November, though with some slight changes.

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Acer Iconia W4 with IPS display, Bay Trail processor caught on tape

09/30, 6:28am

Updated Windows 8 tablet surfaces months after Iconia W3 launch

An updated version of the months-old Acer Iconia W3 has been shown off in a new video. The Iconia W4, said to be running on the recently-revealed quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 clocked at 1.33GHz and supported by 2GB of RAM, appears to just be a basic upgrade to its internals rather than a complete product overhaul.

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Acer shows Android-powered Iconia A3, Liquid S2, all-in-one at IFA

09/02, 10:52am

Liquid S2 boasts 4K video recording on rear, 1080p video on front

Acer has revealed three new Android devices it will be showing off at IFA this week, alongside extra options for current tablets. The Iconia A3, complete with a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 IPS LED display, is accompanied by a 24-inch all-in-one for desktops, the 6-inch Liquid S2 smartphone, and new color choices for the Iconia A1 and Iconia B1 tablets.

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Acer Iconia W3 follows Surface Pro, RT with a large price cut

08/05, 6:20am

Acer clearing Iconia W3 inventory ahead of hasty redesign

Acer has slashed $80 off the price of its recently released 8.1-inch Windows 8-based Iconia W3-810, taking its price down to $299. It is the latest notable price cut for a high profile Windows 8 tablet in recent weeks. Microsoft's own Surface RT has had $150 slashed off its price, while the Surface Pro received a $100 price cut over the weekend.

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Acer updating Iconia W3 tablet with lighter, thinner replacement

07/17, 5:57am

Updated tablet could have IPS display, go on sale in September

Acer is looking towards updating its Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet, within months of launching the original version. The new model of tablet will apparently be thinner and lighter than the current model, and it is rumored that the company will also be replacing the disappointing display following complaints by customers and device reviewers

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Acer shows 8.1-inch Iconia W3 Windows tablet, 5.7-inch Liquid S1

06/03, 7:18am

Iconia W3 first tablet to use relaxed Microsoft Windows 8 requirements

Acer has used Computex to reveal a new Windows 8 tablet and an Android smartphone. The previously leaked Iconia W3 is the first in the world to take advantage of Microsoft's relaxed Windows 8 tablet requirements by using an 8.1-inch display, while the Liquid S1 continues the Liquid range of mobile phones and is the first "phablet" from the company.

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Acer website confirms 8.1-inch Iconia W3 with Windows 8 Pro

05/20, 9:51am

Finnish company site follows previous Amazon leak

The Acer Iconia W3 has been leaked yet again, but this time through Acer itself, and confirming it as having an 8.1-inch 1280x768-resolution display. The company's Finnish website shows the Intel Atom-powered tablet, complete with an optional keyboard dock and Windows 8 Pro pre-installed, after previously being shown by mistake on Amazon before being pulled from view.

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Leaked Acer Iconia W3 8.1-inch Win 8 tablet due June 4

05/08, 8:42am

Acer first to market with sub-10-inch Windows 8 tablet

The leaked Acer Iconia W3, which first surfaced on the weekend has been confirmed for June 4 launch in Russia. The launch date was revealed by Acerís general director of the Taiwanese companyís Russian office, and provides an indication for its global rollout. The device briefly appeared on the Amazon store, before it was quickly pulled.

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Acer guns for Nexus 7 with introduction of 7.9-inch Iconia A1

05/03, 2:33pm

IPS display at 1024x768, 1.2GHz quad-core processor

Acer is taking on the Google Nexus 7 by shipping a budget-ranged Android tablet with a marginally bigger screen. Housing a larger-than-normal 7.9-inch IPS display running at a resolution of 1024x768, the Iconia A1 follows on the design aesthetic provided with the Iconia B1, shown earlier this year, measures just 0.44-inches thick and weighs in at 0.90 pounds.

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Acer confirms Iconia B1-A71, challenges Nexus 7 on price

01/07, 12:27pm

Speculated $100 price tag in fact $150

Acer has officially announced its budget-ranged, seven-inch addition to its Iconia tablet range, though not as cheap as previously thought. The Iconia B1-A71 running Jelly Bean, as leaked late last month, will be a low-priced offering that will compete with the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire, though it will not be priced at the speculated $100 barrier.

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Report: Acer to launch sub-$100 tablet in emerging markets

12/24, 5:10am

Iconia B1 to have similar specifications to Kindle Fire

Acer is reportedly gearing up to release a sub-$100 tablet at the start of 2013, cheaper than devices made by the company already on the market. The Iconia B1 will allegedly be an Android tablet with a seven-inch, 1024x600-resolution screen, a 1.2GHz processor, and similar specifications to the Amazon Kindle Fire, with its $99 price tag aimed at penetrating emerging markets rather than the US.

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Second Acer Windows 8 tablet gets price, date

10/09, 11:41am

10.1-inch Acer W510 due to arrive on November 9 with $500 start price

Acer has revealed the pricing and ship dates for its second Windows 8-powered tablet, the Iconia W510. It will slot in below the Iconia W700 and follow that tablet's October 26 release date, arriving in stores on November 9. It will carry a $500 starting price and pack a 10.1-inch, IPS touchscreen with 1,366x768 resolution.

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Acer VP: Surface likely to damage MS partner relationships

06/24, 6:00pm

Business focus, Windows 8 launch problems feared

Oliver Ahrens, Acer's senior VP and Europe president, has declared Microsoft's secretive Surface line of tablets doomed to failure. Specifically citing business focus issues and a change in core business principles, Ahrens urged Acer's primary software partner to focus on Windows 8 and pre-existing business arrangements instead of the potentially-risky product launch. "Microsoft is working with two dozen PC vendors worldwide, including the local guys, whereas Apple is alone, it can more or less do what it wants," Ahrens said when further questioned about potential problems with the tablet.

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Microsoft sales: free Windows Phones, $40 off Office for Mac

11/24, 3:15pm

Microsoft details Black Friday sales

A day ahead of Black Friday, Microsoft has posted a teaser page for its own online store's discounts. The company plans to give away free Windows Phones to anyone who signs up for a two-year contract, undercutting even a one-cent Amazon deal. It's not known if this includes a modern phone like the Focus S or is limited to older hardware.

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Microsoft pushes Acer, ViewSonic into Android licensing deal

09/08, 9:50am

Microsoft gets Acer, ViewSonic to pay for Android

Microsoft continued its campaign of profiting from Android's success on Thursday with new patent licensing deals through Acer and ViewSonic. The deals will see each pay royalties for their Android devices, such as the Iconia Smart and ViewPads. In spite of Acer being one of the first Chromebook makers, only ViewSonic of the two will also pay royalties for any Chrome OS devices it makes.

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Acer still shrinking PC orders, won't pick up 'til September

08/11, 7:50am

Acer continues shift to mobile to counter iPad

Acer continues to reduce its orders for traditional PC notebook parts through August as it continues to struggle in the face of the iPad effect. According to Digitimes Taiwanese supply chain sources, Acer is unlikely to boost parts orders until September. In particular, its once popular netbooks have lost any sales momentum, while it continues to realign its growth strategy around its Iconia Android-powered tablet range.

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Chainfire makes Android app for tethered Canon DSLRs

08/08, 2:00pm

Android Chainfire beta app controls Canon DSLRs

Chainfire has released a new DSLR Controller beta app ($8.50 Android Market) for controlling Canon's DSLR range of cameras through an Android tablet device, with the only phone supported thus far is the Samsung Galaxy S2 with firmware 2.3.4 or newer. The Beta version connects over USB and requires that the Android device has USB host support. It allows touch focus adjustment, Live View, zoom, a histogram, bulb capture, and control over most other settings.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 should get Android 3.1 on July 5

06/23, 9:30am

Long-awaited upgrade may be limited to Europe

Acer said that the long-awaited Android 3.1 touchup for its 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 would be coming as an OTA update beginning July 5. The announcement came on company's German Facebook page. The Iconia Tab A500 is the last Android tablet to upgrade from the original flavor of Honeycomb. The Motorola Xoom tablet was the first to update, in early May.

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iPad 2 panel shipments may go above 10.5m in summer

06/08, 1:40am

iPad 2 panel spike hints at shipment rush

Apple is expecting a large surge in demand for the iPad 2 in the back-to-school period, leaked supply numbers hint. One of the tablet's panel makers, Chimei Innolux, is expected to ship 400,000 to 500,000 iPads in June but more than double that to crest over one million a month in July. Combined with manufacturing from TPK and Wintek, the data led Digitims to word of shipments of 3.5 million to four million iPads every month, or 10.5 million to 12 million every quarter.

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Acer pins failures in iPad's wake on ex-CEO

05/10, 11:20pm

Acer denies ex chief Lanci's claims on failure

Acer shot back at its ex-CEO Gianfranco Lanci's claims that their nationalism held the company back with a statement later on Tuesday. The PC builder rejected the notion that Lanci had been thwarted in countering the iPad by Taiwan executives' refusal to hire more foreign engineers. It also didn't see the CEO's nationality as a problem and cared only about whether its leader could foster long-term growth, which Lanci couldn't based on Digitimes' account of events.

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ASUS makes just 350K Eee PCs due to iPad, 'killer' model due

05/09, 11:30pm

ASUS Eee PC sales down to 350K, new models

ASUS has had to whittle back its Eee PC shipments after sustained impact from tablets like the iPad, tipsters said Monday evening. It moved just 350,000 netbooks in April after tablets still "significantly impacted the demand," Digitimes claimed. In response, it would shoot back with a "killer" new Eee PC in June and an ultra-budget model at below $199 to widen the price gap with Apple and others.

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Acer 7-inch Iconia A100, A101 to arrive May 14

05/05, 8:20am

Acer Iconia A100 and A101 in bound

Acerís 7-inch Iconia A100 and A101 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets are set to arrive May 14. The devices, which are already up for pre-order in the UK, come with either a 3G + Wi-Fi (A101) or Wi-Fi-only (A100) configurations. Both devices run the Tegra 250 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz matched with 512MB of RAM and incorporate 8GB of memory expandable with microSDs.

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Acer allegedly replacing netbook orders with 500,000 tablets

04/25, 7:40am

Acer said already swapping netbooks for tablets

Acer's shift to mobile may have taken an immediate effect on its production, part supplier insiders said Monday. Orders for its Aspire One netbooks are supposedly being gradually replaced with its Iconia Tab models this month, with the A500 now on sale at Best Buy. As many as 400,000 to 500,000 of the 10-inch touchscreens for the Android-based A500 and Windows-based W500 had been ordered for April, Digitimes said.

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Acer profit falls 64% in wake of iPad effect, may drop again

04/22, 9:40am

Acer Q1 2011 sees profit freefall due to Apple

Acer on Friday reported its lowest profit in over six years in what was largely a validation of estimates that it had been damaged by the iPad. Its net income dropped 64 percent to the equivalent of just over $41.53 million, the lowest the company had seen since spring 2004. The company also warned that its troubles weren't over and that its shipments might drop for the third quarter in a row for spring.

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Acer ships 10.1" Iconia W500 tablet with Windows 7

04/22, 12:10am

Tablet carries $550 price tag in N. America

Acer has begun shipping the Iconia W500, a tablet equipped to run Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional. The device appears to be an adaptation of the Android 3.0-based A500, but with an AMD dual-core Fusion processor and Radeon integrated graphics. Both tablets integrate 10.1-inch displays with LED backlighting and 1280x800 resolution.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer confirmed for US at $399

04/13, 6:20pm

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer priced, dated for US

An ASUS contact confirmed later on Wednesday that the Eee Pad Transformer would reach the US by the end of the month. According to those talking to in-transition tech blogger Joanna Stern, the trick Android 3.0 tablet should reach Best Buy and other stores for the rumored $399. Its trademark keyboard dock will cost a steep $150 but includes a second battery to push the battery life up to 16 hours.

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Acer Iconia Tab A100 due by May, targeted at women

04/13, 8:55am

Acer seven-inch Android tablet finally near unveil

Acer's long discussed Iconia Tab A100 may finally be getting close to a launch. Part builders said Wednesday that the smaller Android 3.0 slate would launch in late April or May. The design has the same Tegra 2 processor and dual cameras as the 10-inch A500 but both a lower resolution 1024x600 screen and a smaller 8GB of storage.

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Acer already upping tablet shipments to make up for netbooks

04/11, 11:10pm

Acer boosts tablet shipments for April

Acer is already optimistic enough about its Iconia Tab launches that it's increasing production, part suppliers said late Monday. Although it was conservative when it first made orders in March, Acer has supposedly bumped the order dramatically to between 500,000 and 800,000 tablets. About 400,000 to 600,000 of those would be the 10-inch A500 models where the rest would be seven-inch designs.

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Acer Iconia W500 tablet up for pre-orders, ships April 15

04/11, 1:25pm

Iconia W500 priced at $549, arrives April 15

The Acer Iconia W500 tablet has now gone up for pre-order at B&H, revealing US pricing for the first time. The Windows 7 tablet will cost $549 and ships on April 15, according to the listing. This price includes the detachable keyboard dock and the Wi-Fi-only tablet itself.

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Acer to sell Iconia Tab below iPad 2 price in US on April 24

04/08, 8:30am

Acer Iconia Tab A500 to hit US on April 24

Acer on Friday priced and dated the launch of its first tablet in the US, the Iconia Tab A500. Its 10-inch, Android 3.0-based flagship should reach Best Buy as an exclusive on April 24. The price will deliberately undercut that of the iPad 2 and will start at $450 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model.

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Packard Bell joins tablet fray with Liberty Tab

04/07, 6:00pm

Packard Bell Liberty Tab kicks off with Android 3

Packard Bell has joined its parent Acer in the tablet arena by launching a model of its own. The Liberty Tab is a close cousin of the Iconia Tab A500 and chiefly mixes up the design to be more visually appealing. The Android 3.0 slate can either come in a safe Pearl White or a more conspicuous Cherry Red.

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Acer reorgs focused on mobile, tablet forecasts kept high

04/01, 7:50am

Acer restructures focused on phones and tablets

Acer CFO Tu Che-min and Chairman JT Wang on Friday outlined a consciously mobile-oriented focus for restructuring in the wake of the forced departure of its CEO Gianfranco Lanci the day before. It would name a new president before the end of April that would focus primarily on smartphones and tablets. The overall switch away from Acer's traditional computer business would require more spending on research and development, Che-min said.

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Acer's dual-screen Iconia Touchbook up for US pre-order

03/29, 8:40am

Acer takes US pre-orders for Iconia Touchbook

Acer kicked off Tuesday by detailing the US launch of the Iconia Touchbook. Its dual 14-inch touchscreen notebook will ship for $1,200 and has just one configuration. The Iconia-6120 will have an unnamed Core i5 processor (possibly pre-Sandy Bridge), 4GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive, and expansion that brings one USB 3.0 port as well as two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI video out.

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Acer prices up Iconia tablets for UK

03/25, 2:55pm

Acer prices, dates Iconia tablets in the UK

At an event in the UK hosted by Acer and attended by RegHardware, the company announced prices for its upcoming 10.1-inch Iconia A500 and W500 tablets. The former will use Android, the latter Windows 7 as their OS. The W500 will be split into Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi with 3G models, and can be purchased on its own or with a docking keyboard.

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Acer chair insists iPad damage to netbooks will end by March

02/16, 10:25pm

Acer exec says iPad hurt to netbooks just a phase

Acer chairman JT Wang attacked the iPad again today in commentary that reflected the fallout from earlier denials. He acknowledged that the iPad damaged Acer portable sales in the past three to five months but insisted that it was simply a question of buyers waiting for the next wave of tablets to decide whether or not to buy. Netbook and notebook sales would bounce back between March and April once they could make a decision, Wang said.

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Apple said making four-inch iPhone, farming chips to TSMC

02/15, 1:15am

Apple may fight Android with four-inch iPhone

Apple is looking at expanding the iPhone's screen size to four inches in what could be a battle with Android phones, component makers said Tuesday. Test production runs have reportedly gone to the larger screen area. The move as explained by Digitimes would help bridge the gap between the iPhone and the iPad.

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Acer backtracks, says tablets not part of a netbook phaseout

01/19, 4:05pm

Acer insists netbooks and tablets to co-exist

Acer quickly stepped in with a response to a Taiwan sales manager's claims that Acer's tablet line was part of a strategy to phase out netbooks. The company claimed that its new slates were an expansion as the industry shifted. Both netbooks and tablets would exist side-by-side, it said.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 confirmed as early Verizon 4G tablet

01/05, 4:40pm

Acer unveils Iconia Tab A500 at CES

Acer in a slew of introductions today brought out one of the first official 4G tablets for Verizon's LTE network. The 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 will use the "latest" version of Android, likely Honeycomb (2.4), with Acer's custom 4.5 UI on top. Its underpinnings will be based on NVIDIA's dual-core, 1GHz Tegra 2 chip and give it support for 1080p video through native HDMI output.

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Acer Iconia to cost 1,499 euros, hit Spain January 28

12/10, 11:50am

Dual-screen Acer Iconia priced, dated for Spain

TheAcer Iconia dual-touchscreen notebook introduced at the end of November will ship in Spain on January 28, but for a high price. It should cost 1,499 euros ($1,985) and thus as much as high-end system despite its mid-range insides. If and when it ships in North America isn't known, though it may cost less.

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Acer intros Iconia two-screen notebook, 10-inch Win 7 tablet

11/23, 1:35pm

Acer Iconia and 10in detachable tablet arrive

Acer's special event today brought two Windows 7 computers that it hopes will both do something new. The Iconia is one of the first full-size, mainstream dual touchscreen notebooks and has two 14-inch, 1366x768 displays that both support Windows 7's multi-touch for up to 10 fingers when typing. The bottom screen is gesture-aware and can bring up the keyboard, media controls, an app launcher, a window manager and a gesture editor.

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