Acer launched a trio of tablets, including a Windows 8.1 tablet that retails for $150. The same processor and screen are also used on a very similar tablet running Android. It’s another sign the sub-$200 tablet market is heating up for both Windows and Android devices.
CES pre-announcements started in earnest this week with Acer debuting two tablets before the show. Samsung has new Android cameras and maybe a more appealing design for its Galaxy S 5. Pandora lovers can now use the app as an alarm clock.
Acer’s newest Chromebook is much like the touchscreen model it recently debuted. The difference this time around is a more fashionable-looking white color option.
Acer announced the A1-830, a $149 7.9-inch Android tablet that looks a lot like the iPad mini but still doesn’t compete when it comes to display clarity.
Earlier this month, Acer announced a hard reset: With unexpected, staggering losses in Q3, the company would move forward without CEO JT Wang. At the time, it was understood that Acer President Jim Wong would take over Wang’s responsibilities, but a report from Reuters says that Wong has stepped down, to be replaced by founder Stan Shih. Shih has also been elected the new chairman, and will likely oversee the company’s promised “Transformation Advisory Committee” in hopes to get back on track. The role of CEO has apparently gotten the axe as well — concentrating all the power to Shih for the company’s next moves.
Acer’s losses have gotten even bigger in Q3, leading CEO JT Wang to step down.
On paper, the specs of Acer’s $249 Chromebook C720 beats out the $279 HP Chromebook 11 but is it the better device? For some, surely. For me, no. Here’s a look at my comparison after using both for the past two weeks.
After releasing the Iconia W3 tablet earlier this year, Acer is already following up with the W4. What’s new and improved? The Windows 8.1 tablet now has an IPS display and Intel’s newest Atom processor.
Can a Chromebook have both performance and long battery life? That’s the promise of Acer’s C720 Chromebook, which uses a Celeron chip based on the Intel Haswell architecture. Even better: The 11.6-inch Chromebook starts at $249.
Looking for a touchscreen Chromebook but don’t want the $1.299 price tag of a Pixel? The upcoming Acer C720 may have you covered based on reports of a touchscreen option.