[Update] LIVE: Acer Announces Two High-Powered Android Tablets, A Smartphone


Acer’s just unveiled their 10.1-inch tablet that will run the “Google Android Tablet OS” (Honeycomb?) and it isn’t that bad of a device from the looks and sounds of it: it’ll come with a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, Acer UI 4.5, HDMI output, and a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. We should be seeing this one sometime in April.


Next up was a 7-inch tablet running Android with the same WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Dual-Core processor. We should also be seeing this one in April. We weren’t able to extract many more details from the live feed Engadget’s got going.


Finally, the 4.8-inch device they’re touting is “100% smartphone, 100% tablet.” This one will have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities, 6-axis motion sensing, and LED edge lighting. It, too, will be launching in April and will have an “evolution of Acer UI.”


Whew. That’s a ton of devices. None of them have names yet, apparently, but we’ll just name them Archos-style, for now. (Acer 101, 70, and 48.) We’re still digging for more details, but for now, just know that Acer isn’t joking when it comes to Android and they’ve got some pretty heavy-hitting devices headed our way in early 2011.

[via Engadget Live Feed]

[Update]: You can watch the conference live on Acer’s site. Click over. (And hope you can get a good connection as this thing is choppy.)

[Update 2]: Here’s a press release for the phone, which still doesn’t have a name. At least we’ve learned of the display’s resolution: 1024×480. It also has Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi N, HSDPA @ 14.4 for cellular connectivity, and the camera has an acompanying flash. The processor is also confirmed to be a 1GHz Snapdragon, but there’s no word on which generation Snapdragon it is. (We’ll assume it’s the latest, for now.) This one also shares the same HDMI-out connectivity that its big brother 10.1-inch Google Android tablet (seriously, what’s with the lack of names, Acer?) touts.

Thanks to the Q&A session that followed, we also learned that Acer was specifically waiting on Google for the tablet version of Android: they didn’t want to make a tablet device with software meant for a phone. This means you should expect to see Honeycomb on these devices whenever they launch sometime in Spring.

Acer next generation smartphone

100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet:

New York, November 23rd 2010 – The new Acer smartphone with the soul of a tablet perfectly combines the capabilities of a smartphone with a tablet-like format: a huge 4.8″ widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a super cool chassis.

Its revolutionary design , characterized by a stretched out, thin and slightly curved shape, makes it a fascinating device that will not go unnoticed. Its full metal body, enriched by subtle wavy patterns, conveys a sense of timeless elegance. What’s more, it offers a perfect fit in your hand thanks to its smoothly curved back and minimal width (64mm).
The front is entirely dominated by the extraordinary, multi-touch, high resolution 4.8″ screen, with 4 keys: Home, Search, Back, and Menu. While on the back there is an 8MP camera, complete with LED Flash.

This truly innovative device is perfect for fashion addicts or tech savvy people looking for the latest and cutting edge technology available ensuring superior browsing and excellent multimedia entertainment.

This latest Android smartphone is extremely powerful, guaranteeing long-lasting fun. It will also be able to wirelessly control all the multimedia content of your home environment, thanks to the integrated clear.fi media sharing system.

• No limit in assessing any web sites with the same user experience as using a traditional PC, so web sites don’t need to be resized and adjusted, thanks to its exceptional resolution of 1024×480 and a very large 4.8″ screen (12.2cm diagonal), there is no need to zoom in on web pages, or to scroll left & right. The only thing you need to do is scroll up & down, just like on your PC.
• Fast and fully featured, the Android browser offers: multi-touch, Java script optimization, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, and multiple page opening.
• Ultra-fast high-speed connectivity via HSDPA @ 14.4 and WiFi N for data connection.
• Bluetooth 3.0

On the 21:9 screen you can watch a movie in its original format, for an engrossing cinema-like experience. What’s more the LED backlit display uses the same technology as TV showing super bright and vivid images; to top it off, Dolby Mobile technology delivers vibrant, immersive sound. Not enough for you yet? Thanks to DLNA technology or the HDMI cable, you can connect it to your TV to view your content on an even bigger screen!

Inside the product beats the powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which, in addition to the large screen, turns this smartphone into a perfect game console. Together with 6-axis motion sensing (Gyroscope + accelerometer), this smartphone will exceed any gaming expectation.
Equipped with an 8MP camera and LED flash, and a 2MP front camera for high quality IP video calling.
With a screen resolution of 1024×480, more content can be displayed on screen, in all regular apps, such as, Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Instant Messaging conversations, etc.

100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet: a revolutionary experience for people who want it all!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Frank – You’re a tool. Congrats on being first, you are the coolest guy on here. Dickhead

  2. Anyone who comments “1st” should have their IP address banned.

    Acer UI? I’m done with custom Android skins. At least give us the option of running stock.

  3. Pros

    Android tablets!
    Dual Core!


    Freakin custom Acer UI 4.5!?

  4. 5th oh yea its harder to be 5th than 1st………………………

  5. I agree Ed.

    I’ve never had a stock Android device, but I sure plan on my next one being so.

  6. @Matt
    Looks like somebody’s jealous of Frank’s superior comment timing.
    Way to go Frank. Don’t let anyone take your first away from you. This is something that you’ll be able to share with your Grandchildren someday.
    Unless you already have Grandchildren, in which case I’m assuming you’re just hitting F5 on Phandroid waiting for a new article to be posted, or for death’s icy grip to finally take hold. Either, way. Hats off, Frank. Hats off.

  7. They will be outdated by April

  8. Finally a tablet with WXGA resolution. Hopefully this will be the standard.

  9. Acer UI does have the option of running stock Android.

    4.8″ seems wayyyy toooo big. I am probably going to buy it lol.

  10. Details I’d like to see:

    – WiMax and/or hspa+ radio support.

    – Netflix

    – Hulu

    – Skype

  11. That phone is VERY SEXY!

  12. dla – it has HSPA @ 14.4Mbps which is HSPA+ right? Netflix, Skype, and Hulu have nothing to do with the phones details

  13. Pimpstrong – you missed my point entirely. I don’t care about “phone details” – I care about the user experience. If the phone/carrier/OS don’t do what I want then I don’t want it. Got it?

    If you want to be successful in this market, you have to provide the user experience.

  14. Matt, You’re more of a tool for replying!! I guess that makes you the cool guy.

    Seriously though, these tablets look very promising.

  15. I hope they offer the tablet in a wi-fi only format to save a few bucks. I already have hot spot capability on my EVO, I don’t need a 10″ phone, but, I think I could just about replace my laptop with this tablet.

  16. dla – not to be an ass or nothing but you said “details I’d like to see” and the details that you asked for are either already there (hspa+, Skype) or are known to be on the way (Netflix, HuLu).

    How in the world did I miss the point entirely?

  17. Anybody expect to see a Stock Honeycomb tablet? I got a feeling we won’t.

  18. @dla this is phandroid.com, it is about android. If that is not what you care about, I suggest going elsewhere.

  19. Steve: Good point.

  20. Now we talkin! I like the specs on those. Is it true you can run stock Android? Does that improvet he update speed?

  21. @dla

    1) Has HSPA+
    2) Hulu is blocked from all smartphones, a Hulu Plus app reportedly will be available in Q4.
    3) Netflix is gay but they said they might have an app sometime early next year
    4) Skype app for Android is available

  22. VERY promising! that phone looks great!

  23. @Twenty4 Totally agree, will be outdated by April.

  24. @ace curry

    Not sure how you figure HULU is blocked from all android phones, being as im sitting here watching it clear as day on my EVO.

  25. This device needs to be proven….who is acer and what is this device???…Evo like it might appear to be but definately not the htc evo 4g…UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ALL THESE DEVICES NEED TO PROVE THEY ARE BETTER THAN THE HTC EVO 4G…WE WILL WAIT AND SEE…DON’T LET THE EVO 2 COME OUT

  26. Acer has alot of Android devices including the very popular Liquid (which I am using right now)

    @swaz, when I tried it out, it didn’t work a few months ago. Will try it out again, thanks.

  27. @Matt…he thinks he is cool and all and I hope he’s around 12 or younger…for such a sillyish statment…but a dick head…I think that might be to harsh for the little one…lol…lol

  28. Thirty-one aha

  29. @Frank: You’re a retard.

  30. 4.8 might be big but not as big as the Galaxy Tab that they keep trying to market as “pocketable”. I might have to buy this and change my wardrobe to accommodate its size!

  31. Looking forward to what may be around in July when I am due for upgrade

    By the way 32nd…yay me!!!! First blows :-)

  32. I’m not sure about these ~5″ tabs…seem to be the worst of both worlds to me, too big for a phone, too small for a tab. I like the 7″ profile.

  33. @Rick: You’re a douche bag. Get over the 1st thing. It’s never going away!

  34. Frank you’re right. I am a tool.

  35. I must have all of them Noooooow dang nabit. Acer has always made solid gear this is just another example. Although the April wait sucks, it just shows their commitment to not rush to production so, we get a super sweet final product, in my opinion anyways. Who else wants one?No Brainer question there:)

  36. I have a HTC phone with SenseUI. It was my first android phone. I’ve seen the default android install… and I prefer to have SenseUI. I dunno what goes into making a phone, but I think that manufacturers should let the end user choose their UI or set it to stock. Use their UI as default, since most people wouldn’t change it, but allow those that want stock to set it. It doesn’t seem like a hard change to make and it would please everyone.

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