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Acer Unveils 7-inch and 10.1-inch Android Tablets and a 4.8-inch Smartphone

Acer is placing its bets behind Android with the announcement of a 7-inch tablet, a 10.1-inch tablet and a 4.8-inch smartphone based off of Google’s mobile OS.

The unnamed tablets sport 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, an eye-popping 1280×800 screen resolution and 1080p HDMI capacity. The 10.1″ tablet is 13.3mm thick, making it just slightly wider than Apple’s 12.7mm iPad tablet. The larger tablet also boast a 5MP rear camera and a front-facing one. Both devices will go on sale in April 2011.

Acer also took the opportunity today to announce a 4.8″ hybrid smartphone/tablet device. Also yet to be named, the smartphone is similar to the Dell Streak, but is definitely more powerful. It sports a 1024×480 screen resolution (a ridiculous resolution for a phone), a 21:9 aspect ratio, an 8MP camera with an LED Flash, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and a Gyroscope/accelerometer combo that makes it ideal as a portable gaming device. It also launches in April 2011.

Beyond ridiculously awesome screen resolutions, all three devices run on Android. Acer did not reveal in its press releases which version each will run, but we’re hoping at least one of these devices will run the Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3) or even Honeycomb (Android 3.0?).

During its media blitz today, Acer also revealed the ICONIA, a hybrid laptop/tablet with a dual-screen running Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS. Instead of using a keyboard, the ICONIA uses a touch-based keyboard and gesture controls. It has 4 GB of RAM, two 14-inch multitouch displays, and an Intel Core i5 CPU.

Here are some photos to whet your appetite:

Acer's Tablet

Say hello to Acer's new Android tablet. There are two models of the device: a 10.1" flagship model and a smaller 7" version.

Acer's Tablet

This is the back of Acer's new Android tablet. It has a 5MP rear camera.

Acer's Tablet

A shot of the side of the Acer tablet.

Acer's Smartphone

This is Acer's new 4.8" smartphone/tablet hybrid. It sports a jaw-dropping 1280x480 screen resolution.

Acer's Smartphone

This is the back of Acer's new 4.8" smartphone. It has an 8MP camera with LED Flash.


This is the Acer ICONIA, the company's windows 7 dual-screen laptop/tablet device. Instead of a physical keyboard, it sports a second screen and a virtual keyboard.

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