Iconia Windows tablets hit SA

2013-04-29 12:15
Acer is targeting consumers in SA with the Iconia range of Windows tablets. (Acer)

Acer is targeting consumers in SA with the Iconia range of Windows tablets. (Acer)

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Cape Town - Acer is racing to bring its Iconia range of Windows tablets to the market in SA with the launch of the W510 and W700.

The tablets are designed to combine work and entertainment functionality and are available in SA at major retail stores.

The W510 features the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system which allows the device to seamlessly connect with PCs running the same OS and is able to convert between touch and type mode.

"For typing, the tablet connects to its keyboard dock with real, full-travel keys. The Iconia W510's battery life extends up to 181 hours when it is docked in the detachable keyboard, which also includes a touchpad and convenient USB 2.0 port.

"In presentation mode, the keyboard flips back 295° for a shared, free-standing view of a video conference or multimedia," Acer said.

The W510 has a 25.6cm display and the W700 sports a larger 29.4cm display. Both devices are similar in specifications to the A-series announced in 2012, but run the Android operating system.

Mobile devices

The move to the Windows OS could be seen as a way for Acer to mitigate the falling sales of traditional PCs as consumers increasingly opt for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

In particular, Windows should make the devices more attractive to the key corporate market which has been reluctant to adopt Android mobile devices because of a perception of a lack of security in some quarters.

The W700 is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and is slightly heavier than competing tablets at 940g and has 64GB of memory onboard with 4GB of RAM.

The W510 is powered by an Intel Atom processor at 1.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM.

Acer has also announced that it will make its internet service, Acer cloud available to South Africans who purchase the device.

The AcerCloud service allows sharing of digital content through the internet cloud so that a user can always access content, irrespective of what device they may be using.

The Acer Iconia W700 and W510 sell for $899.99 and $699.99 respectively in the US, and they retail in SA for R10 999.00 and R9 500.00 in SA.

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