With CES 2014 just a few days away, companies aren’t wasting any time announcing new products in an effort to grab some attention ahead of the jam-packed trade show. On that note, early this morning Acer bombarded us with an army of new devices, including two entry-level tablets, a new Chromebook and even an all-in-one Android PC.
On the tablet side, Acer will bring two new devices to Las Vegas, the Iconia A1-830 and the Iconia B1-720. The Iconia A1 is a sleek 7.9-inch Android slate priced at $179. It comes equipped with 16GB of onboard storage with microSD support up to 32GB, an Intel Atom processor, 7.5 hours of battery life and runs Android 4.2.1. The 7-inch Iconia B1 is even cheaper at just $129 but has watered-down specs, including a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-hour battery and Android 4.2.1 pre-installed.
Acer also took the opportunity to show off a slightly refreshed version of its touchscreen Chromebook, though the only actual difference appears to be a white coat of paint. Otherwise, the Chrome OS laptop still offers the same 11.6-inch 1366 × 768-pixel display, a 32GB SSD, 7.5-hour battery life and 2GB of RAM.
Finally, there’s also a massive 27-inch Android desktop with a suggested price tag of $1,099. The Acer TA272 HUL comes equipped with a 2560 × 1440-pixel touchscreen display, an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor, 16GB of internal memory and runs Android 4.2. That doesn’t sound too powerful, but the real cost of the system is clearly in the display.
We can’t say we’re particularly impressed with Acer’s “updated” white Chromebook, and we still don’t quite see the point of buying a massive desktop computer just to run Android. The new Iconia tablets, on the other hand, are pretty intriguing at their respective price points. We’ll definitely keep an eye out for both models at CES next week and be sure to try them out for ourselves.