The stage today at the Acer live Global Event was a bit weird, a catwalk int he middle of the room, speakers standing in the center of everyone in a strange display. First out is an Acer executive that explains the catwalk with some talk about "beautiful people in beautiful clothes" (a fashion event?) and a wish that "hopefully today will be happy." Then it's time for the man, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci, who says "Today we are here to see what we want to do in terms of digital convergence." Epic stuff. Device announcements below!
Lanci mentions that Acer is number one in PC, nearly number one in mobile. That's pretty hardcore. He mentions that he thinks "we will see the future a variety of form factors and devices." Lots of products to be announced? More than likely a tablet, yes? Then he speaks on a "new generation of store" - that'll work on any Acer device. Then Lanci leaves, trading up for Jim Wong, senior corp VP of Acer and President of ITGO and introduces a touch lineup - starting with ICONIA - a dual-screen notebook with Windows 7. Inside you'll find multi-finger touch responses including an Acer menu that pops up wherever you place five fingers at once.
On this double screen monster you'll be able to manage your media below and watch it above. BUT they sort of act together, the top screen bleeding down into the bottom. Wong lets us know that all touch gestures are generated by Acer on top of W7, the SDK being sent out at the beginning of December (THIS December.)
Next, a 10.1-inch converting tablet to come out February of next year. This is also a Windows 7 machine with 2 cameras, 1.3 megapixels each, and an AMD dual core processor. HDMI output with a 10.1 inch WXGA screen at 1280 x 800 resolution playing 720p video.
Then ANDROID hooray! A 10.1-inch Android tablet is next. It will launch April 2011, have a 1GHz processor and Flash 10.1. They say it'll run "Google Android Tablet OS" and have an Acer user interface version 4.5. It'll have a 4 megapixel rear-facing camera and HDMI output (720p) with 1280 x 800 resolution.
Also shown is a 7-inch Android-based tablet with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the same Acer User Interface as the larger 10.1-inch version, and full Flash 10.1 support. This one is also slated for April 2011. More on the tablets here.
Acer went on to announce a 4.8-inch Android smartphone which you can read about on Android Community or SlashGear, software by the name of Clear.fi for media sharing, and their new Acer Alive "Next Generation Store."