Acer busts out convertible ultraportable


— 8:44 AM on May 20, 2010

With the news buzzing about slate devices, everyone may be forgetting about good-old convertible tablet PCs. As Engadget reports, Acer has decided to remind everyone with its new Aspire Timeline 1825PT, which melds Intel Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage hardware with a swivel-mounted 11.6" multi-touch display.

The Timeline 1825PT reportedly has a 1366x768 display resolution, a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo processor, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics with HDMI out, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. With the included six-cell battery, Acer quotes "more than 8 hours" of battery life, as well.

Users aren't expected to squander the machine's multi-touch capabilities on a plain Windows 7 interface. Acer's announcement talks of a TouchPortal tool that directs users to a "full suite of applications for fun and entertainment." Those applications include a "touch optimised web browser," an app that lets folks write notes with their fingers, and a touch-enabled media player and photo browser.

The Aspire Timeline 1825PT is launching with suggested retail prices of £599.99 and £699.99, including tax, in the United Kingdom. Looking at Acer's existing Aspire Timeline 1810TZ, which sells for $529.99 stateside and around £523 in the UK, one would expect U.S. prices for the 1825PT not to stray too far numerically from the UK figures.

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