Acer announces Windows 8 ultrabooks, tablets and AIOs

At Acer's press conference, just one day before Computex officially begins, the company announced a new range of products that are meant to break away from its old image of making cheap, plastic computers. These new ultrabooks, tablets and all-in-ones (AIOs) come built with premium materials, including a unibody aluminium chassis.

The 11.6-inch Aspire S7.
(Credit: CNET Asia)

First up, there's the Aspire S7, a slim, MacBook Air-lookalike ultrabook that will come in two flavours, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch. There's no mention of what processor it will be using, but we expect to see a dual-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor at the very least. It will, of course, be running Windows 8.

As for tablets, Acer looks like it's moving away from Android and back into the fold of Microsoft with two new Windows 8 tablets. The new Iconia W510 and W700 are 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch slates. Acer claims that the W510 will have up to 18 hours of battery life. It also has a keyboard dock, and with this dock facing downwards, you can rotate the W510 to face outwards for presentations. As for the W700, it sports a full HD display, has a cradle and claims to have 8 hours of battery life.

Lastly, you have Acer's all-in-one (AIO) Aspire U series. There's a 27-inch 7600U that has a 35mm profile, with a full HD edge-to-edge display. It has a 64-point multi-touch display that can be tilted from 0 to 90 degrees. It can also swivel while flat. The 23-inch 5600U wasn't talked about much at the press conference, but this "generic-looking" AIO looks stylish and has a tilt factor of 30 to 85 degrees.

There's no word on pricing yet, but these products should be available when Windows 8 launches. This means, you'll likely see them at the end of the year.

Via CNET Asia



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