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Acer Teases Quad-core 1080p Iconia A700 Tablet

By - Source: Engadget | B 11 comments

We're expecting to see quite a few quad-core devices at CES this year, so it seems only fitting that Acer starts the week off right with a glimpse of its upcoming quad-core tablet.

CES 2011 featured a lot of mobile devices based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset. This year, Nvidia is promising a host of new Tegra devices, except this time around, they're based on the company's brand new Tegra 3 "Kal-El" processor. We expect to see quite a few Tegra 3 tablets at CES (as well as a few phones), but with the show not scheduled to start until tomorrow, the prize for first-out-the-gate goes to Acer.

The company reportedly wrapped up its press conference last night with a healthy dose of teasing for its upcoming Iconia A700 tablet. Based on Tegra 3 and running Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," the tablet will boast a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 and a 10.1-inch "IPS-quality" 1080p display.

If this sounds at all familiar to you, it's probably because the A700 (along with the 3G-enabled A701) was spotted on Acer's support pages way back in November. The company kept quiet then, refusing to confirm or deny the tablets' existence. Last night, the company was similarly quiet, revealing little else about the tablet and saying nothing about a price or projected release date. However, after this little taster, we're sure folks will be flocking to the company's booth to try to squeeze more information out of the representatives on duty. We'll let you know if anyone at Acer caves and lets the cat out of the bag.

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    Albyint , January 9, 2012 8:07 PM
    Man, mobile computing is starting to catch up so fast....... its pretty sweet if you ask me.
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    therabiddeer , January 9, 2012 8:09 PM
    Until they start putting more than 512mb ram to actually utilize quad core for multitasking, nobody cares (or should care). Come on manufacturers, give us 2GB+ of ram already!
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    JasonAkkerman , January 9, 2012 8:33 PM
    and a 10.1-inch "IPS-quality" 1080p display

    IPS-Quality??? So what, not really an IPS panel, just a really good looking TN panel?

    Maybe it's just me but I don't need pixel density that high. It's easier for the GPU to push less pixels anyway. I would prefer the higher FPS.
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    JasonAkkerman , January 9, 2012 8:33 PM
    therabiddeerUntil they start putting more than 512mb ram to actually utilize quad core for multitasking, nobody cares (or should care). Come on manufacturers, give us 2GB+ of ram already!


    Transformer Prime has 1GB.
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    kenyee , January 9, 2012 8:35 PM
    This has microUSB at least...Transformer Prime+ looks like it's still missing microUSB on the tablet :-P

    If anyone is going to their booth, take a close look at the display and report back on how it compares w/ the Galaxy Tab or Transformer Prime...
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    nikorr , January 9, 2012 9:45 PM
    Looks good.
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    joytech22 , January 9, 2012 10:10 PM
    therabiddeerUntil they start putting more than 512mb ram to actually utilize quad core for multitasking, nobody cares (or should care). Come on manufacturers, give us 2GB+ of ram already!


    This would have at least 1GB, but I do agree with you. 512MB of RAM even in a mobile phone (Lol, one of my Laptop's has 512MB of RAM >.
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    freggo , January 9, 2012 10:37 PM
    AlbyintMan, mobile computing is starting to catch up so fast....... its pretty sweet if you ask me.


    Absolutely agree. Quad core.. who'd have thought a few years back.
    Will not replace a PC or Laptop, but certainly has its uses.
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    wizloa , January 9, 2012 11:27 PM
    1080p display on a 10.1" tablet while larger laptops are still having 1366x786 screens
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2012 4:10 AM
    wizloa1080p display on a 10.1" tablet while larger laptops are still having 1366x786 screens


    Amen, it would be nice if laptop screens get an upgrade too...
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    huron , January 10, 2012 12:35 PM
    Do we think the reason that they don't have a release date is because they don't have control over the supply chain, or that they are still working things out in the manufacturing and testing process?

    I hate how we get these things leaked and nothing for months...at least give us a date to hope for.