When Acer announced its headline grabbing, Iconia dual-touchscreen laptop last November news that it was bringing a trio of tablets and a 4.8in smartphone in the coming months was somewhat lost in the ether.
Today however, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the tablets and the smartphone have had their day. Earlier we saw the Acer Iconia Smart 4.8in smartphone and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 10.1in Android tablet and the rest of the posse has now arrived in the shape of a 10.1in Windows tablet and a 7in Android tablet.
The Iconia Tab W500 is, as we said, a 10.1in Windows 7 tablet with a multi-touch screen that is complemented by a full-size chiclet keyboard which doubles as a docking station. It also features Acer’s FineTrack pointing device with two buttons for convenient navigation, an Ethernet port and a USB port. Without the docking station, users will be presented with the Acer Ring UI, which we previous saw on the Iconia laptop. It will allow quick access to a range of customised applications.
Under the hood is an AMD C-50 processor running at 1GHz, and an AMD Radeon HD6250 GPU to handle graphics. It features 2GB of DDR3 memory in-built. The 10.1in WXGA screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and the W500 sports dual cameras to allow for video calling. It weighs in at a mighty 970g and measures 275 x 190 x 15.95 mm. It comes in Wi-Fi only and 3G Wi-Fi models, has a 2-in1 card reader supporting SD, MMC and RS-MMC cards, has USB and HDMI ports and has Bluetooth 3.0.
Acer’s Iconia Tab W500 will be available in the UK early next month with an RRP of £449 or £529 with the chiclet keyboard/docking station
Rounding off the tablet selection from Acer is the 7in Iconia Tab A100 which is a smaller version of the Android-running Iconia Tab A500 we saw earlier today. Along with the Iconia Smart, Acer is now offering customers Android devices in 4.8in, 7in and 10.1in form factors and seem to be trying to cover all bases.
The Iconia Tab A100 will be running Android Honeycomb but with Acer’s own UI on top. The home screen will see four main sections: Games Zone, eReading, Multimedia and SNS. The only one that should require any explanation is SNS which is Acer's social media hub where your Facebook and Twitter accounts will be grouped. Also pre-loaded will be clear.fi which Acer also announced at the event last November. It is a media sharing system that enables you to seamlessly sync and share your content across a variety of different devices.
The A100 is powered by Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, with the low-power GeForce GPU with Flash 10.1 support to handle graphics. 1080p video playback is supported on the 7in WSVGA , which has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and a HDMI port allows for you to output media to a larger screen. There are dual cameras with a 5 megapixel on the back, and a 2 megapixel on the front. The A100 will be available in Wi-Fi only and 3G Wi-Fi models with 8GB internal memory. The A100 measures 195 x 117 x 13.1mm and the 3G model weighs in at 470g with the Wi-Fi only model tipping the scales at 450g.
The Iconia Tab A100 will be available here in the UK in April but pricing is yet to be announced.
Tablets are dominating things at Mobile World Congress at the moment and we're not finished yet. We will only get a good idea of which of these stands a chance of succeeding once we get our hands on them and try them out which we will be trying to do in the coming days and let you know what we think.