Acer today unveiled their first two Windows 8 tablets! [Updated October 12]
During the Computex Technology Show presentation in Taipei, Acer launched Acer Iconia W510 and Acer Iconia W700. (Acer’s tablets have either the letter A or W in front of the model number to indicate if it’s running on Android or Windows.)
Acer Iconia W510 has three different modes of touchscreen operation (“tri-mode touch”), allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in “productivity” mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode, for watching a video, browsing web pages, or viewing PowerPoint presentations. In addition, the 10.1-inch W510 with Windows RT has Always On – Always Connect technology recently promised for Windows 8 tablets, HDMI jack, micro USB ports, microSD slot, and 4G connectivity.
Acer Iconia W700 is promised to be a high-performing Windows 8 tablet with the added versatility of a cradle. Update: Acer Iconia W700-6607 is now available for pre-order. Shipping on October 26.
Acer’s W700 comes with a multipurpose cradle that allows for several viewing options. When using it in landscape mode, it can be tilted up to 70 degrees for better viewing, or 20 degrees for convenient touch. Furthermore, it can be used vertically like a portrait for easy browsing and reading. The 11.6-inch W700 also has three USB 3.0 ports for expansion, a 1080p HD touchscreen, as well as Dolby Home Theater.
Jim Wong, Corporate President of Acer Inc. said during Computex that, “Acer collaborated closely with Microsoft Corp. and has taken the lead to engineer new products that will be great with Windows 8, demonstrating our product development efficiencies and taking advantage of our ability to provide an enhanced and satisfying computing experience. By focusing on ergonomics and style, we are addressing key consumer demands.”
Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of OEM Division in Microsoft added that, “Microsoft and Acer have been working together on new devices for Windows 8, and it’s great to see the progress Acer is making.”
Tabletmonkeys will update with detailed prices and pre-order/release dates for these two Windows 8 tablets when more is known.