Monday, June 04, 2012
Asus And Acer Showcase First Windows 8 Tablets At
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Acer and Asus have their fitst Windows 8 tablets at the
Computex trade show on Monday in Taiwan. These include
tablet that sits in a dock for everyday "computing" with
a mouse and keyboard, but als pops out for use as a
Starting with Asus, the company is showcasing the
Asus Transformer AiO, a Windows 8/Android (dual-boot)
all-in-one system, which comes with a detachable monitor
that becomes a 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 tablet. The device
uses ARM processor for booting under Android OS and
Intel Core i7 CPU for Windows 8. Switching between the
to OS can be easily done by touching a button.
Asus has also on display the Tablet 600, a 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 (Super IPS+) laptop when ocked with its
keyboard/touchpad that becomes a Windows 8 tablet. The
device is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core
processor, it has 2GB of RAM and includes a radio for
NFC. The Windows RT tablet is due to arrive early in
The Asus Tablet 810 is powered by an Intel Atom
processor and comes with a 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 Super
IPS+ dipslay. The tablet is also equipped with an
8-megapixel camera with LED flash in the rear along with
a 2MP camera in front. It also has 2GB of RAM, 64GB of
storage, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB x 2, NFC,
built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass,
Asus'new Transformer Book line includes devices that
transform to Windows 8 tablets available in 11.6-, 13-,
or 14-inch screen sizes. When docked, the displays
become laptops powered by Intel's latest Core processors
(Ivy Bridge) and have discrete graphics. The displays
are full HD (1,920 x 1,080), and they boast 4GB of RAM,
either solid-state or hard-disk storage and 5-megapixel
Last but not least, the Asus "TAICHI" is a device that
can be used either as a notebook PC or as a tablet.
The hybrid device looks at first glance like standard
thin-and-light laptop. But the outside of the display is
actually a second, touch screen display. When the laptop
is closed and the outer display is activated, it looks
and operates like a tablet PC. When the laptop is open
and the outer display is activated, two people can view
the same desktop image even when they're sitting on
opposite sides of a desk.
Available in 13.3" and 11.6" versions, they come with
full-hd LCDs and touchscreens in both sides. The Taichi
runs on Windows 8 OS and Intel's latest Core
Acer is also shocasing the Iconia W700 and W510
tablets, both pop out of keyboard docks, morphing from
laptops into Windows 8 tablets.
The ICONIA W510 evolves the computing experience with
three different modes of touchscreen operation, while
the ICONIA W700 is is a Windows 8 tablet with the added
versatility of a cradle.
The most unique part of the W510 tablet is the tri-mode,
allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the
conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity
mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the
tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the
battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295
degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode,
watching a video, browsing a webpage or viewing a
The W700 has a full HD display, three USB 3.0 ports, an
HDMI jack and a Thunderbolt port. It also has a 5MP
camera in back and a front-facing camera as well. The
tablet connects to the dock via Bluetooth.
In addition, the W510 has Always On, Always Connect
technology, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen, providing a
wider viewing angle. It is an everyday tablet with
convertible function. The Iconia 510 also includes slots
for a SIM card and microSD as well as ports for micro
USB and HDMI.
Acer's W700 comes with a multipurpose cradle that allows
for several viewing options. When using it in landscape,
it can be tilted up to 70 degrees, or 20 degrees for
touch. Furthermore, it can be used vertically like a
portrait for easy browsing and reading. The W700 also
has three USB 3.0 ports for expansion.
The W700 is equipped with an 11.6-inch Full HD
touchscreen as well as Dolby Home Theater.
Acer also said it would remain closer Intel, even though Microsoft also embraces rival ARM for its new Windows 8 operating system. The company has no plans so far to launch non-tablet devices using ARM designs.
Acer said prices for these new gadgets would be announced after the launch of Windows 8. But in a powerpoint at the presentation it said the touch ultrabook would range from $1,799, significantly higher than the non-touch ones currently in the market.
Acer also announced two new Windows 8 all-in-one (AIO)
PCs: the Aspire 7600U (27-inch) and the Aspire 5600U
The spire 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous
touch from all angles, enabling use by multiple users at
once. It features 0 to 90 degree viewing and swivels at
four sides when laid flat. It is just 35 mm thin and
delivers Full HD visuals and Dolby Home Theater surround
The Aspire 5600U is the thinnest AIO available and
features an ergonomic touch design and can tilt from 30
to 85 degrees for enhanced single-user comfort. It's
designed for use as an everyday family-hub that presents
Full HD visuals and Dolby Home Theater Surround Sound
along with powerful graphics.
Acer has introduced its newest premium
Windows 8 Ultrabook devices - the Aspire S7 Series.
Available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch, they
feature a sleek aluminum metallic unibody design. The
larger model additionally sports a glossy, sculpted
The 13.3-inch model offers up to 12 hours of battery
life, while the 11.6-inch model can run for up to 9
Acer's S7 Series also features a light-sensing keyboard,
which automatically detects changes in lighting
conditions and adjusts the keyboard backlight
Both will be powered by Intel's the ultra-low Ivy Bridge
CPUs, will come standard with a Thunderbolt, a Micro
HDMI output and USB 3.0 ports. Their release date is
scheduled for the third quarter of 2012.