Acer has quietly revealed its new Iconia W3 Tablet which comes in a more portable 8″ form factor. Considering most Microsoft based tablets are 10-inchers, this would be the smallest Windows 8 tablet currently. While it is small in size, surprisingly it runs on a full fledged Microsoft Windows 8 Pro and not the scaled down Windows RT version. Being a productivity tool, the Iconia W3 comes with a accompanying keyboard which connects via Bluetooth. From the product pics, the tablet can be attached to the back of the keyboard.
In terms of specs, it runs on Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM and there’s a choice of 32GB and 64GB storage option. The front 8.1″ display does a WXGA resolution capable of 1280×768. It also comes with a 2MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI and micro USB port. Battery life is rated at 8 hours.
No pricing details yet but the Iconia W3 is expected to be introduced in early June. Head after the break for more images of the device.
When people mention Android, typically it’s all about humongous smart phones and how much processing cores it can pack. That is normally the trend for the high end flagship models today with 5″ screens being a standard benchmark today. However there are those who seek practical sized smart phones. Something that offers decent performance without having their phones outgrowing their palms.
This is where the Acer CloudMobile S500 comes in, which is a mid-spec device that strives to create a balance between performance and size. Read on for the full review of the CloudMobile S500 to find out how it fares on a day to day usage.
Most Android players right now are focused on their flagship devices but what about those seeking for something in the middle? Now we have the Acer CloudMobile S500 which is a capable contender in the mid-spec range that’s priced at RM1,299. It is powered with a respectable dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. On board there’s 8GB storage but it is expandable with microSD. The biggest highlight is its 4.3″ IPS display which pushes a rather high resolution 1280×720 pixels. This gives a rather high density of 342ppi which is even higher than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III.
Design wise, it feels rather compact in the hands and it does feel like a smaller 4″ device. The appearance looks different from the usual all black design and the S500 stands out with its curved upper and lower ends which is wrapped with a nice textured plastic back cover. Operating the S500 is rather smooth thanks to its plain vanilla Android without any of those heavy customised skins. However it isn’t that all bare as Acer has added some nice touches such as a customised pull down notification bar which offers quick access to setting toggles and alarm. Acer is no slouch when it comes to software updates as the S500 is currently running on a recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
In the photography segment, it comes with a 8MP shooter that is capable of shooting 10 frames per second while the front facing 0.7MP camera is capable of shooting 720p videos. Over at the back, the S500 also comes with NFC capability where you can beam contacts and files across seamlessly. The Achilles heel of the S500 would be the battery which is a rather small 1,460mAh that lasts about 10 hours in our heavy usage. For moderate users, you might be able to get more hours and there’s also a power saving mode to stretch that even furhter.
Watch the hands-on video above. We will be posting a full review shortly.
Comparing the specs, it does look like a direct competitor against the iPad mini with a 7.9″ 1024×768 display and is powered with a 1.2GHz MediaTek Quad-Core processor that’s mated with 1GB of RAM. There’s a front facing VGA camera and a rear 5MP main shooter. Storage is generous with 16GB on-board storage which is expandable with microSD. Overall it is 10.5mm thick with its 3,250mAh capacity battery.
What’s more interesting is the purported price of US$149 which makes this under RM500. If the price and specs are true, this is a big leap from its current Acer Iconia B1 and will definitely give other 7″ tablets a run for their money.
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Acer Malaysia has finally launched its Liquid C1, which is the first Intel based smart phone to be launched in Asia Pacific. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will be upgradeable to Jelly Bean.
To recap on the specs, the Liquid C1 runs on a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and comes with a 4.3″ qHD IPS display that does 960×540 pixels resolution. Internally it has 4GB of storage which is expandable with microSD memory slot. Behind its removable back cover, the Liquid C1 is juiced up with a 2,000mAh battery and overall it weighs 140 grams with a thickness of 10mm. In the imaging department, it comes with a 8.0MP camera that shoots 5fps burst mode and over at the front there’s a VGA camera.
In our previous Liquid C1 hands-on and preview, we find that the Acer Liquid C1 is a rather decent mid range device. While the back is made of plastic, it has a nice textured back with a metallic frame around the sides.
Battery life is said to be one of the key strengths of the Liquid C1 with efficient power usage coupled with a 2,000mAh battery which is rather generous for a smart phone at just RM999. If you’re looking for a smart phone below RM1,000, a decent display and a large battery, the Acer Liquid C1 seems to be a compelling choice. In terms of UI, it is comes with the plain vanilla Android interface with additional widgets thrown in by Acer.
Acer has also introduced a Try Before You Buy program that lets you evaluate the Liquid C1 before committing your purchase. You would need to make full payment of RM999 upfront and you’ll be given 3 days with a loaner unit. If you’re satisfied, just return the loan unit for a brand new one after 3 days.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our earlier hands-on view from MWC 2013 here.
The Mobile World Congress is an annual international event where the latest devices are being showcased under one roof. It is an event not to be missed especially if you’re a big gadget junkie. Being able to attend has always been a dream and recently it was made possible by Acer.
When we got the news that we are selected on the first week of February, we were truly ecstatic. We couldn’t imagine what to expect and this was different from the usual regional launches. We departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 24th February together with Amanz and a product manager from Acer Malaysia. Yours truly nearly missed the flight as there was some confusion with the gate numbers (C2 vs C22) where both flights are flying to Barcelona about the same time.
Travel Tip #1: To avoid running from one end to another, always be sure of your flight number especially when it involves code sharing with several other airlines.
At MWC 2013, Acer had showcased a number of products at their booth. The main highlight for smartphones is the latest Acer Liquid C1 which is their Intel based smartphone and the Liquid E1, a mid-range dual-core and dual-SIM device. While the rest are focused primarily on their flagship models, Acer is focused on the mid-range segment particularly the Liquid C1 which is expected to be priced just below RM1,000.
Acer has just given a quick glimpse of its upcoming devices that’s coming to Malaysia really soon. First up is the Acer Liquid C1 that runs on Intel’s single core 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 Processor, 1GB of RAM and comes with a 4.3″ display pushing 960×540 pixels resolution. Included is 4GB of on-board storage that’s expandable via microSD. In terms of imaging, it has a 8MP shooter with a front facing VGA camera. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which is upgradable to Jelly Bean. The Liquid C1 is juiced up with a 2,000mAh battery which weights 140 grams and has a thickness of 10mm.
The next device is the Liquid Z120 which is a entry level android smartphone. It comes with a smaller 3.5″ 480×320 display and a rather decent 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM and a 3MP camera. Surprisingly it runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and it supports dual-SIM. Powering the device is a 1,300mAh battery and weighs 110 grams with a thickness of 12.25mm.
Pricing wise, the Liquid C1 is expected to be priced below RM1,000 which is pretty decent for a mid-spec device while the entry level Liquid Z120 is priced at RM399. Both devices are expected to hit stores next month.
Head after the break for more photos of the devices.
The Acer Iconia Tab A701 tablet which comes with 10.1″ full HD (1920×1200) display is now offered for bundling with U Mobile Broadband plans. The Iconia Tab A701 can be yours from as low RM979 with 24 months broadband bundling of MB128 which comes with 20GB for RM128/month. If that’s too much, there’s an alternative bundling at RM1,179 with MB68 plan that comes with 5GB for RM68/month.
All contract are tied with 24 months duration and you would need to pay 6 months advance subscription for the broadband plan during sign up. U Mobile is also offering Credit Card Easy Payment Plan for 12 months period as well.
To recap on the specs, the Iconia Tab A701 which comes with 3G HSPA+ support up to 21Mbps runs on 1.3GHz Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and is powered with a huge 9,800mAh battery.
The Iconia Tab A701 doesn’t run short with expansion ports as it come with micro SD slot, micro HDMI and micro USB port. It comes with a main 5MP camera and a front facing 2MP shooter. Outright, the Iconia Tab A701 retails for RM1,699 for 3G version while the WiFi only A700 is priced at RM1,499.
For more information, head over to U Mobile.
Announced at CES 2012, both tablets runs on Nvidia’s Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage. The biggest highlight is the 10.1″ display that pushes 1920×1200 full HD resolution. In terms of connectivity, it comes with micro-HDMI, micro USB as well as microSD slot.
The A700 is a WiFi only device while the A701 comes with extra 3G connectivity. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With a massive 9,800mAh battery, the tablets weigh 665 grams and has a thickness of 11mm. Overall, they are a notch higher than the earlier A510 which also runs on Quad-core Tegra 3 but comes with a standard 1280×800 display.
For more product details, visit Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 page.
Head after the break for the A700 promo video.