Acer announces 7 & 10.1-inch Android tablet, coming next year

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Today Acer announced that they will be diving into the tablet market. The company unveiled a 7-inch and a 10.1-inch tablet, running Android. With the holiday season quickly approaching, Acer won't be introducing the tablet this year, but will make the tablet available early next year.

The tablet hardware features a dual-core (1GHz or 1.2GHz) processor, HDMI output, 5-megapixel rear camera and front-facing "HD" camera for video calling. The Android-powered tablet will also support a 1200x800 high resolution, high colour screen with multitouch support. The tablet will be available with WiFi and 3G, and will come with a gyroscope, for the inner gamer in you.

Acer promotes the device as an HD entertainment tablet, being able to play and share HD videos, with the ability to output 1080p video through the HDMI port. The Acer tablet will also support DLNA, so you can quickly share multimedia between devices.

No prices were officially announced, but the tablet will be made available in April 2011.

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ops03 said,
didn't they learn that in future everything will be almost like using airplay rather than output by HDMI? You can't use other app while streaming through the TV with HDMI. Sad case is not much device or TV is supporting AirPlay Yet. So,i think Apple once again kill off another great technology(HDMI) in the last decade which is great...

The Acer tablet will also support DLNA
Do you even know what DLNA is? Because if you did you'll find that it's very similar to AirPlay...and it's been around for the past 5 or so years.

ops03 said,
didn't they learn that in future everything will be almost like using airplay rather than output by HDMI? You can't use other app while streaming through the TV with HDMI. Sad case is not much device or TV is supporting AirPlay Yet. So,i think Apple once again kill off another great technology(HDMI) in the last decade which is great...

Wow, get out of the Apple bubble more often my friend.

People have been doing DLNA for years now, that is the 'non' Apple version of streaming media content to devices. And this may sting a bit, but it works better than AirPlay, has more options for content support, is incorporated in virtually any TV device or computer (non-Mac), and this even includes everything from BluRay players to the PS3 to the XBox 360.

The other technology that you might have missed is wireless HDMI.

AirPlay is a Mac/Apple world only technology that doesn't meet the feature sets that either DLNA or Wireless HDMI offer. For example, DLNA can shove unlimited media and codec types and do so in native formats so that you can easily control and stream 1080p, which is again something people have been doing on their devices for years, and sadly something we can't even play at 1080p on Apple TV.

PS If you want to see where Apple might have picked up the ideas for Airplay, go look at DLNA, or heck even check out a Windows7 PC, that can do AirPlay like control and content streaming to other PCs, BluRay players, XBox 360s, etc. (Heck even plug your ZuneHD or WP7 Phone into your Windows7 PC and you can stream its contents to any DLNA device in your house.)

thenetavenger said,

Wow, get out of the Apple bubble more often my friend.

People have been doing DLNA for years now, that is the 'non' Apple version of streaming media content to devices. And this may sting a bit, but it works better than AirPlay, has more options for content support, is incorporated in virtually any TV device or computer (non-Mac), and this even includes everything from BluRay players to the PS3 to the XBox 360.

The other technology that you might have missed is wireless HDMI.

AirPlay is a Mac/Apple world only technology that doesn't meet the feature sets that either DLNA or Wireless HDMI offer. For example, DLNA can shove unlimited media and codec types and do so in native formats so that you can easily control and stream 1080p, which is again something people have been doing on their devices for years, and sadly something we can't even play at 1080p on Apple TV.

PS If you want to see where Apple might have picked up the ideas for Airplay, go look at DLNA, or heck even check out a Windows7 PC, that can do AirPlay like control and content streaming to other PCs, BluRay players, XBox 360s, etc. (Heck even plug your ZuneHD or WP7 Phone into your Windows7 PC and you can stream its contents to any DLNA device in your house.)

yep,but ain't that popular to be honest with it. in the end,AirPlay will be keep improve as time goes by.

thenetavenger said,

Wow, get out of the Apple bubble more often my friend.

People have been doing DLNA for years now, that is the 'non' Apple version of streaming media content to devices. And this may sting a bit, but it works better than AirPlay, has more options for content support, is incorporated in virtually any TV device or computer (non-Mac), and this even includes everything from BluRay players to the PS3 to the XBox 360.

The other technology that you might have missed is wireless HDMI.

AirPlay is a Mac/Apple world only technology that doesn't meet the feature sets that either DLNA or Wireless HDMI offer. For example, DLNA can shove unlimited media and codec types and do so in native formats so that you can easily control and stream 1080p, which is again something people have been doing on their devices for years, and sadly something we can't even play at 1080p on Apple TV.

PS If you want to see where Apple might have picked up the ideas for Airplay, go look at DLNA, or heck even check out a Windows7 PC, that can do AirPlay like control and content streaming to other PCs, BluRay players, XBox 360s, etc. (Heck even plug your ZuneHD or WP7 Phone into your Windows7 PC and you can stream its contents to any DLNA device in your house.)

If the technology (DLNA) is out there for years now, why DLNA is not used in Android Phone or Nokia Phone or Windows Phone or Apple Phone? Moment Apple announces "Air Play" big third party audio makers Denon, Marantz, Bowers and Wilkins, JBL and iHome line-up to announce products with support for "Air Play". why?

Here is a little history: "Air Tunes" by Apple was released six years from now and DLNA was response to "Air Tunes" by consumer electronics industry. I would rather trust Microsoft, Apple, or Google to bring a technology reliable enough to stream my music and video to home entertainment devices but not consumer electronics industry. (I know Microsoft, Motorola...and many others are members but that doesn't mean anything).

trollonknoll said,

If the technology (DLNA) is out there for years now, why DLNA is not used in Android Phone or Nokia Phone or Windows Phone or Apple Phone? Moment Apple announces "Air Play" big third party audio makers Denon, Marantz, Bowers and Wilkins, JBL and iHome line-up to announce products with support for "Air Play". why?

Here is a little history: "Air Tunes" by Apple was released six years from now and DLNA was response to "Air Tunes" by consumer electronics industry. I would rather trust Microsoft, Apple, or Google to bring a technology reliable enough to stream my music and video to home entertainment devices but not consumer electronics industry. (I know Microsoft, Motorola...and many others are members but that doesn't mean anything).

i was about to say that...seriously,people will rather have confidence with the company that keep on innovate and look no further than airplay or play tool..DLNA is great,but not standing a chance with these big tech company =_-

trollonknoll said,
If the technology (DLNA) is out there for years now, why DLNA is not used in Android Phone or Nokia Phone or Windows Phone or Apple Phone? Moment Apple announces "Air Play" big third party audio makers Denon, Marantz, Bowers and Wilkins, JBL and iHome line-up to announce products with support for "Air Play". why?

Here is a little history: "Air Tunes" by Apple was released six years from now and DLNA was response to "Air Tunes" by consumer electronics industry. I would rather trust Microsoft, Apple, or Google to bring a technology reliable enough to stream my music and video to home entertainment devices but not consumer electronics industry. (I know Microsoft, Motorola...and many others are members but that doesn't mean anything).

yep,but ain't that popular to be honest with it. in the end,AirPlay will be keep improve as time goes by.

It isn't available on Android phones? Pretty much most LG phones have support for it. As for popularity, over 8000 consumer electronic devices support DLNA (tvs + dvd players + bluray players + computers and so on) and in 2008 alone, 200 million DLNA appliances shipped. I'm going to go out on a limb here but that makes it more popular than Apple's airtunes / airplay by a long long shot.

Oh and DLNA has been around since 2003, which makes it 7 years old. And guess what? It just works. Can't say that about Airplay now can we?

Quite amazing how both you trolls just happened to sign up in the past 3 days right? And the English both of you use has the same mistakes. Interesting.

Edited by -Razorfold, Nov 24 2010, 4:29pm :

/- Razorfold said,
Oh and DLNA has been around since 2003, which makes it 7 years old. And guess what? It just works. Can't say that about Airplay now can we?

Yes, DLNA has an organization has been around since 2003 (started originally as Digital Home Networking Group), changed its name to DLNA and published its first set of guideline a year after it formed (wikipedia). This makes what I said earlier true about "Air Tunes".

/- Razorfold said,

Quite amazing how both you trolls just happened to sign up in the past 3 days right? And the English both of you use has the same mistakes. Interesting.

I quite don't understand your logic. When you signed up here at "neowin" possiblly others signed up during that time. That doesn't makes you and others "Troll".

I am quite proud of my English for someone whose native language is not English. I see it is important to argue based on content not on what silly mistakes you make in English.

Edited by trollonknoll, Nov 24 2010, 4:39pm :

trollonknoll said,

Yes, DLNA has an organization has been around since 2003 (started originally as Digital Home Networking Group), changed its name to DLNA and published its first set of guideline a year after it formed (wikipedia). This makes what I said earlier true about "Air Tunes".


Too bad Airtunes only worked with Apple notebooks (and windows laptops running iTunes). And not to mention it required a special router. Whereas DLNA worked (and still works) on tvs, computers, phones, tablets, optical players etc.

However you try to spin it, DLNA is better than AirTunes/AirPlay. It supports more devices, has more industry support. And since its made up of many different companies it means its support is only going to grow larger and larger. Whereas Airtunes/Airplay is proprietary and (possibly) licensed by Apple. Microsoft / Google / Apple aren't the only companies that innovate in this world, and aren't the only companies that come up with new technologies.

Oh and comparing Airplay to HDMI (not you, ops30 I mean)? How much of an Apple fanboy do you have to be do that? What if you have a device that doesn't support AirPlay...like say a TV...and you want to watch a movie on it using your iPad? Oh wait you can't without buying an adapter (if one even exists). But with HDMI, pretty much any TV bought in the past 2-4 years has an HDMI port. Hell most monitors even do now.

I quite don't understand your logic. When you signed up here at "neowin" possiblly others signed up during that time. That doesn't makes you and others "Troll".

I am quite proud of my English for someone whose native language is not English. I see it is important to argue based on content not on what silly mistakes you make in English.

I just pointed out that 2 people who somehow think AirTunes is better than DLNA both signed up within a similar timeframe and both their native tongues aren't english?

Seems like quite a coincidence to me.

Cool tablet.

Acer may have new laptop coming out sometime which on the keyboard side, they will replace the keyboard with a LCD so you can view internet on dual screens or internet on 1 screen while virtual keyboard on 2nd LCD where the actual keyboard was.

shozilla said,
Cool tablet.

Acer may have new laptop coming out sometime which on the keyboard side, they will replace the keyboard with a LCD so you can view internet on dual screens or internet on 1 screen while virtual keyboard on 2nd LCD where the actual keyboard was.


Toshiba already have made one like that and its actually awesome, look it up its called the Toshiba lobretto

thenetavenger said,
You missed a key part of their tablet annoucements...

Acer also announced a 10.1" Windows 7 tablet. it packs an AMD processor, twin 1.3 Megapixel Cameras, Built-in 3G. It is only slightly larger at 15mm and weight around 2lb.

Which is very much in range of size and weight of the iPad or any Android tablet, yet has a much faster CPU and the full Windows 7 OS if you decide to go beyond the Acer touch interface UI of the device and use the Win7 touch features.

It also has an earlier release schedule of February 2011.

(I could have swore that this site was once called NeoWIN, and yet the Windows 7 tablet announcement didn't even get a mention here. Maybe I should apply to be a content provider here in my spare time.)

Battery life will likely kill it though.

Nice, I might take a look at one if it has full Windows 7 on it. Its no surprise the Win7 tablet wasn't mentioned becuase most front page articles are written by Apple and Google fanboys.

Majesticmerc said,

Battery life will likely kill it though.

Maybe, maybe not... It depends on what AMD processor they are going with. In the latest generation of netbooks with Atom, 7 to 8 hours is very common. Even some Duo Cores and I3 models (light tabletPCs) that go back to 2007 can get a respectible 6 to 8 hours out of them.

The questions really is, would you give up an hour or maybe even two in comparison to the iPad if the performance was 6x or more faster. Right now the iPad has good battery life, but the CPU is so underpowered, that simple things like browsing the web is faster on the cheapest netbook you can find.

When you take the iPad and try to do something like a fairly large spreadsheet, it comes to a crawl, yet on a netbook it is effortless. With netbooks or Windows 7 TabletPC devices, running things like Photoshop or Corel Painter and doing natural media painting works well. In contrast even if the software was available, both the Android Tablets and iPads don't have the basic CPU power to run this level of software.

Nice, this will make the iPad and Samsung tab look old. Dual cores will also make this tab scream pretty good. Lots of additional features not found in the iPad either. The only thing that can kill this is the price.

Pitiful its acer...im a tech @ the RAC support center, and let me tell you, Acers are absolutely rubbish. Common thing for them to go? Motherboards. Go figure, and you know whats been happening? Acer doesnt even want to make motherboards for certain models anymore, because they fail all the time. Dells and Sonys (although MB's are always over 300=expensive) are probably the least I see in.

Personally, IDC how cheap it is its made by Acer. Waiting for a good dell to come out, or maybe sony.

On a side note: Atleast their making strides. Thats good, and indeed, competition is very good. Cant wait to see who jumps next.

theslam08 said,
Pitiful its acer...im a tech @ the RAC support center, and let me tell you, Acers are absolutely rubbish. Common thing for them to go? Motherboards. Go figure, and you know whats been happening? Acer doesnt even want to make motherboards for certain models anymore, because they fail all the time. Dells and Sonys (although MB's are always over 300=expensive) are probably the least I see in.

Personally, IDC how cheap it is its made by Acer. Waiting for a good dell to come out, or maybe sony.

On a side note: Atleast their making strides. Thats good, and indeed, competition is very good. Cant wait to see who jumps next.

Had a friends Acer netbooks hard drive controller go out on it but thats the only issue I have seen with them myself. A few people I know have them as well...but you probably see more of that.

I remember about 15 years ago when my sister had an Acer. Seemed pretty good back then but then again, things seemed to work better then.

jasonon said,
This looks pretty good, I'm hoping ms cooks up a good tablet idea soon!

Skip the Neowin article, go to the original conference notes or even probably Engadget.

There is a 2lb Win7 Tablet coming, and it will be released before the Android Tablets.

For some reason even though they announced 3 new tablets, the author of this article only wrote about the 2 Android Tablets... Weird, uh?

OK. I'm really staring to want an Android phone, tablet or an iPhone...
and i'm not sure why. I hate phones.
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