Computex: Acer shows off Windows 8 tablets with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

By , source: Heise

Acer brought with it to Computex two new Iconia tablets with Windows 8 as operating system. Both tablets, the 10.1-inch W510 and the 11.6-inch W700, both have an IPS panel and can be combined with a docking station. The W510 personally reminds us of the ASUS Transformer, with the keyboard doubling as stand for the screen. The W700 has a Thunderbolt connectors and USB 3.0 as main selling points.

This 11.6-inch W700 tablet by Acer has a screen resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which corresponds to a pixel density of about 190 dpi. Acer opted for a glossy finish, like we see on virtually all tablets. What sets this one apart is the Thunderbolt connector on the side, next to USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI.

It's interesting that this Thunderbolt connector and the mini-HDMI aren't located in the docking station. We also felt that the plastic docking station itself felt a bit flimsy. It's likely that the final design quality will be different, because this demo model is pre-production. The tablet is connected to the docking station via USB 3.0 and an audio connector. It takes a bit of tinkering, but you do get three USB 3.0 ports in return. Acer cleverly made an indentation for the camera, so you can also use it when the tablet is in the stand.

The prototype had a Core i5 3317U processor running at 1.7 GHz and 4 GB RAM, but Acer did not want to divulge more specifications at the time.

The Acer W510 comes in the popular 10.1-inch format and has a custom-designed connector for the docking station/ keyboard. You're able to use the keyboard both as a keyboard, and if you flip it over, as a stand. These two options are demonstrated in the pictures below. The tablet will run on an energy-efficient Core i processors and contain an SSD. Connectors include micro-HDMI, USB 2.0, an SD card slot and a SIM-card slot on the 3G edition.

The Iconia Tab W510 is expected to cost between £400 and £500 when it's released, while the W700 will probably cost between £500 and £650. These prices are subject to change, and are indications only.

Images courtesy of Heise

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