Acer Goes Big with 4.8” Smartphone, 7” and 10.1” Tablets

Acer has just announced three huge, new Android OS powered devices for early 2011. When I say huge, I really mean huge. While Acer has not yet announced the names yet for its new smartphone and two new tablets, it has released plenty of information on them. The smartphone has a 4.8” screen at a resolution of 1024×480 pixels.

(Since Acer has not yet released the names of its new smartphone or tablets, pardon the vagueness when I refer to them.)

I’m not sure if 4.8” is too big for a smartphone. Maybe that’s why Acer’s press release says “100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet.” Wait, didn’t Dell try this already with the Streak? That little experiment has not turned out so well. Plus, Steve Jobs has already declared the 7” tablet size DOA but he has yet to be proven right or wrong. On the other hand, the 10.1” tablet certainly is big enough. Apple’s iPad only really comes in at 9.7”.

Acer’s new 4.8” smartphone

  • 4.8” touchscreen at 1024×480 pixel resolution (21:9 aspect ratio)
  • 1 GHz ‘Snapdragon’ processor (which Snapdragon though?)
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling
  • 6-axis motion sensing via gyroscope and accelerometer
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HDMI out
  • Android OS (presumably 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’)
  • Updated Acer UI
  • April 2011 release date

Like the looks of this thing? I like the 8 megapixel camera but am still not quite convinced that I want to lug this thing around in my hand all day. Also, Acer is only saying that this will have a Snapdragon processor in it. There is more than one Snapdragon model out there and a dual-core version does exist…

Acer’s new 7” tablet

  • 7” touchscreen at 1280×800 pixel resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • HD front-facing camera for video calling (Acer’s isn’t giving out more details yet)
  • Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
  • HDMI out
  • Android OS (presumably 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’)
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support
  • April 2011 release date

Acer has as good a chance as anyone to make their mark in the tablet wars right now. Since the company is waiting until next year to launch its tablets, Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ will probably ship on both tablets. That’s the version of Android that Google is really optimizing for tablets. Have an opinion yet on tablets that are at the 7” range?

Acer’s new 10.1” tablet

  • 10.1” touchscreen at 1280×800 pixel resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core NIVIDA Tegra 2 processor
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • No front-facing camera confirmed
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G cellular connectivity
  • HDMI out with 1080p support
  • Android OS (presumably 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’)
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support
  • ‘Gyro meter control’
  • April 2011 release date

The NIVIDA Tegra 2 processor in this machine is why it has 1080p output through HDMI. Acer is touting this model as “designed for HD entertainment.” Notably conspicuous is lack of mention about a front-facing camera yet. Keep your fingers crossed. It is also only 13.3mm (0.52”) thick which is on par with the current iPad.

Think Acer has a shot here? We’ll have to wait to hear more about these since their release is so far away but I’m impressed. It looks like Acer is taking things seriously now. Are you going to hold out this holiday season and wait for the Android Honeycomb tablets next year like these two most likely will be? Let me know in the comments!

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