Acer Haswell AIO Android PC Spotted; Reveal Next Week

Online electronics retailer PC Connection is currently listing an Acer all-in-one (AIO) PC featuring an Intel Core i5-4430 "Haswell" CPU clocked at 3.0 GHz, and 1 GB of RAM. There's nothing else on the listing to indicate what platform it will use, the size of the screen or how much it will cost. However CNET reports that it's an Android-based AIO that Acer plans to announce next week.

According to the report, the Acer DA220HQL AIO PC will be priced just around $400 at most retailers. CompSource is listing the Android computer as well, but for $391 USD. This listing shares a few more details such as 8 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 at the very least, 6 MB of L3 cache and 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The display will be 21.5 inches, the listing reveals.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, the disappointing reception of Windows 8 has pushed ODMs to seek out new life in alternative platforms, and the Android/Intel combo will reportedly become an increasing trend during the second half of 2013. Android is a highly attractive platform because it is license free, and already comes packed with a library of apps, games, movies, TV shows, music and more through Google Play.

Last month former CEO Paul Otellini hinted to the wave of Android devices that are on the way, reporting that notebook prices should soon reach $200. Most of these will be based on Google's Android platform and Intel's Atom mobile processor, not Windows 8 or ARM-based chips.

Even more, Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer, said at the time that Android devices running the company's mainstream Core processors could sell for as little as $399 to $499. Even some high-end Atom-based devices could extend to that price range as well.

Just this week Samsung reportedly signed a deal with Intel to use the chip maker's 32 nm "Clover Trail+" Atom mobile chip in at least one version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 10.1-inch tablet. It was supposedly spotted on benchmarks last week, sporting the Atom chip and Android 4.2.2. This tablet was designated as the Santos 103 and with the product number GT-P5200; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 was dubbed as the GT-P5100 before it was released.

A large number of Android devices are expected to be announced alongside Intel's introduction of its "Haswell" line of fourth-generation processors during COMPUTEX 2013 this month. Like other ODMs, Acer can still reveal its new Android-based AIO without uncovering the actual processor.

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  • The Android devices probably will have too little RAM for this to be practical, but I wonder if we can install Windows on those x86 Intel processors.
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  • Only 1GB RAM on a x86-based Android device when most phones and tablets shipping now have 2GB?
    They should put 4GB in there - still plenty cheap and there is plenty of space/power in an all-in-one to accommodate the few extra square centimeters of PCB space assuming the current RAM arrangement does not already have 16 chips. If it does, then going for 4GB simply requires going with 2Gbits DRAMs instead of 512Mbits ones with almost no impact on PCB space or power.
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  • And what use will this be with 1GB of RAM and Android?
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