Acer unveils budget Windows 8.1 and Android tablets

Acer pushing out a host of lightweight, cheap tablets

Tom Brewster
3 Jan 2014

Acer has announced a fresh lineup of tablets for this year, confirming new models running Windows 8.1 and Android ahead of the CES in Las Vegas next week.

The 8.1in Iconia W4 tablet runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a fourth-generation Intel Atom processor, "Bay Trail". Acer promised battery life of up to 10 hours and said the tablet would be available from the end of January at €299 (£248) for the 32GB model. A 64GB version will also be offered, although pricing wasn't immediately available.

Acer W4-820 2

A 2-megapixel 1080P front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera are also included, as well as a micro HDMI, microSD and USB ports.

It weighs in at 415g and has a width of 10.75mm, making it a lightweight machine. The Iconia W4 also comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed at no extra cost.

Fresh Iconia A1 and B1 Android tablets were also announced, costing €169 and €129 respectively. A 3G version of the B1 will cost €179. Both run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

Acer A1-830
Acer Iconia B1-720

Available at the end of January, the Iconia A1-830 is a 7.9in tablet with an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of SDRAM, a microSD slot, and a rear-facing camera capable of capturing 1080p HD video with a 2560 x 1920 resolution, Acer said.

"Consumers expect more than ever from value-oriented products, and the Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet delivers much more than tablets in this class with its vibrant IPS [in-plane switching] display, premium aluminium metal finish and great performance and sound," said Jerry Kao, associate vice president of the Acer Mobile Consumer Business Unit.

The 7in B1 tablets feature a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The B1-721 3G model will be available from the end of January, whilst the Wi-Fi only B1-720 will be on sale from the middle of this month.

Official UK prices have not yet been revealed, nor have specific release dates.

PC Pro will be reporting from CES, where more details are expected to emerge.

Acer is also launching the Android 4.2.2 Liquid Z5 smartphone, a refreshed Chromebook with touch and updated Ultrabooks.

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