Acer Iconia: Dual Screen Laptop or Tablet?

By Soumitra Mondal, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In a big global press event held at New York, Acer has launched a simply gorgeous device with a peculiar touchscreen display at the place of the standard keyboard of a laptop. Apart from the dual 14 inch touchscreen displays, it boasts some beefy specs like an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, Integrated Intel HD graphics with 128 MB RAM and VGA/HDMI outputs.

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Hard Drive options for the device are 320GB to 750 GB with 500GB and 640GB options in the middle. You’ll have options for WiFi connectivity or integrated 3G WWAN. Bluetooth 3.0 + HS and USB 3.0 are also available with bonus USB 2.0 ports. Inbuilt microphone and Acer’s CrystalEye webcam is there when you need to do some video calling.

The device is based on 64 bit Windows 7 Home premium, so you can call it more a laptop than a dual tablet. A new cloud computing system is also announced by Acer that will work with this device. The new Clear.fi system will work on some other Acer devices to organize media files on your device and stream videos to up to nine yards.

The full size virtual keyboard is pretty hard to use as engadget puts it. Even the reps admitted that it needs some learning curve to get used to it. An UI element, Acer Ring, gives the users easy fingertip controls for popular controls like turning on the virtual keyboard and other most needed tasks.

No words on pricing or availability yet, but we don’t expect it to come anything cheaper.

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