Acer has three slates in the works, one with AMD silicon

In addition to the funky dual-screen Iconia notebook Acer introduced yesterday, the company also revealed its plans for a number of more traditional tablets. The fact that Acer is developing slates is nothing new, but we now have official details on what to expect and when. As one might guess, Android features heavily in the company’s plans. The OS will anchor two devices, one with a 7″ screen and another with a 10.1″ panel. Interestingly, both will offer a display resolution of 1280×800, which is considerably more pixels than you get on an iPad.

For those would would rather enjoy content on even larger screens, both slates come equipped with HDMI outputs. According to the official press release, the 10″ model will be capable of playing 1080p video and “complex online 3D games.” Engadget says there’s a Tegra 2 system-on-chip under the hood of that particular unit, and that a dual-core Qualcomm chip running at 1.2GHz underpins the 7-incher. Both systems support Flash 10.1 acceleration, and I suspect HD video playback extends to the 7″ model, at least up to 720p.

Predictably, cameras, Wi-Fi, and 3G have all been integrated into the Android slates. There’s word of a gyroscope for the 10-incher, as well. Acer is mum on pricing at the moment, but it has revealed that these models will be available in April of next year—a whole four months from now. Because, you know, we haven’t had to wait long enough for Tegra-based Android slates.

For folks eager to get their hands on something a little earlier, Acer will be rolling out another 10.1″ tablet, this one running Windows 7. Before you roll your eyes, note that this model will be based on AMD silicon. Acer isn’t more specific, but I suspect the device will use the Ontario APU that’s a part of AMD’s new Brazos platform. Impressively, the Win7 slate will weigh less than 2.2 lbs and measure just 0.6″ thick. It’s scheduled to arrive in February, although there’s no word on how much it will cost, either.

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    • mcforce0208
    • 9 years ago

    I know for a fact that the device running AMD tech will be the best by far when conpared to the competition.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Acer’s got a Bob-cat slate? Let’s hope it gives, uh, cool runnings, mon.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Digitimes says it’s using the C-50. 1.0 GHz 9W dual core.

    §[< http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101124PD210.html<]§

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Just last month it was reported here at TR that the Dark Mayor said the slate market isn’t a huge priority for AMD just yet. They said roughly the same thing when Netbooks became popular (even bashing the Netbook form factor). They should just accept that they should address whatever the market wants, which is exactly what they’ve evolved to doing. It’s good to see that AMD has truly come a long way, from only making cheaper desktop x86 clones to today’s AMD making desktop, mobile, embedded and server CPUs, GPUs, chipsets, and soon, even low-power CPU/APUs for new things such as slates and perhaps mobile phones in the near future.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t think the “market” ever wanted 9″ screens and slow as hell single-core computers with hardly any storage capacity.

      Interestingly, computers like that are no longer for sale, and have been replaced by fully functional dual-core laptops with 12-13″ screens and significantly increased battery life compared to “normal” laptops. I wonder why that would be? Maybe because the market actually just wanted more portable laptops? :p

        • ronch
        • 9 years ago

        Well, if Job’s Mob says the market should want it, then the market WILL want it. 😛

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    “0.6” i[

    • Palek
    • 9 years ago

    AMD slates? These must be for commie hippie pirate AMD lovers. I bet they will all be running their pirated copies of Android and their torrented copies of OpenOffice on them!

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    /[<#2,<]/ If they grow: maybe. But last I looked Intel sells roughly 30X chips for every slateg{<.<}g

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    So are there any articles from Google saying “Android is ready for tablet” because most I’ve seen say it isn’t at all ready/appropriate. You’d think Google would take a tad more cautious approach to making sure they get the environment “right” and not just letting half-assed devices out thereg{<.<}g The fragmentation issues alone on cells is bad enough...

      • shank15217
      • 9 years ago

      News flash, android is a free open source platform, Google cant do anything about what people do with it.

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    Virtual dollars are the bees knees.

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    What kind of kiddy stuff is going on at TR lately…

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      So sorry to hear about the loss of your heart.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      Lol. it’s all due to one man. one hero….

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    First, poulpy poulpy poulpy poulpy.

    Techreport? more like Slatereport.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      They are the big thing ATM.

        • stdRaichu
        • 9 years ago

        You can get cash out of a slate? Wouldn’t that take up an awful lot of space? I thought they were designed to be thin and light.

          • esterhasz
          • 9 years ago

          while somebody had to make that joke, I’m glad it wasn’t me…

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      Well done sir! first post ftw for you!

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      Slates have technology in them too. So… yeah.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        So do hammers. I believe it’s past hammer time.

      • poulpy
      • 9 years ago

      Err yeah you’re First man, good on ya!
      Not sure why my name became some sort of FP call to arms but keep it up 🙂

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