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Acer to Replace Netbooks with Sandy Bridge Tabs

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While many tablet makers are eying up Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 for future products, Acer has plans to use Sandy Bridge in its tablets.

One of the bigger things to come out of CES (apart from more 3DTVs than you can shake a stick at and about a gazillion tablets) was Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform, and apparently Acer has every intention of embracing it. Acer Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian told ComputerWorld that the company will be launching two tablets later in the year and that both will boast Sandy Bridge under the hood.

Lu didn’t give us a whole lot to go on, but he did say that aside from Sandy Bridge, they’d run on Android, come in 7- and 10-inch flavors and are being launched with the intention of phasing out netbooks because, “That’s the direction of the market.”  He said that though Acer would continue to manufacture netbooks, they would be simple models and they’d be churning out fewer compared to recent years.

No word on pricing just yet, but if Acer plans for these tablets to replace netbooks, they’ll need to be a little more full-featured compared to the likes of the Galaxy Tab or iPad. Earlier this year, the company showed off several tablet options that it had planned for 2011. Among them was the dual-screen 14-inch Iconia and a couple of smaller, nameless single screen options.

(via Electronista)

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    zachary k , January 19, 2011 2:18 AM
    i will take a full, physical keyboard over a pure touchscreen any day.
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    Nakal , January 19, 2011 2:39 AM
    It seems many tablets will have Keyboard Docks or bluetooth KB capability.
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    megamanx00 , January 19, 2011 2:46 AM
    WTF? Well, I guess we'll see. It will be interesting to see how a Sandy bridge tablet would compare to one armed with AMDs Lano or some of the higher power ARM devices.
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    zorky9 , January 19, 2011 2:54 AM
    zachary ki will take a full, physical keyboard over a pure touchscreen any day.

    Same here. But these devices are targeted for surfing, light office work, and multimedia. If the interface is right, you won't be using a keyboard much. And if the price is right, it'll be a great device. I don't think they'll release these until Sandy Bridge is mature enough (lower power consumption, lower heat).
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    kuroneko007 , January 19, 2011 3:05 AM
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    No word on pricing just yet, but if Lenovo plans for these tablets to replace netbooks, they’ll need to be a little more full-featured compared to the likes of the Galaxy Tab or iPad.


    So is this about Lenovo or Acer??
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    shovenose , January 19, 2011 3:13 AM
    Wait a minute...i didnt know Lenovo and Acer were the same company???
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    JMcEntegart , January 19, 2011 3:22 AM
    kuroneko007So is this about Lenovo or Acer??

    shovenoseWait a minute...i didnt know Lenovo and Acer were the same company???


    Oops, thanks! Melty brain. All fixed now.
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    dEAne , January 19, 2011 3:40 AM
    Yes if acer wants their tabs to be juicy to the consumer it must have lots of goodies and a good price not just having a sandy bridge cpu.
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    FloKid , January 19, 2011 4:59 AM
    Tablets are a lot better than laptops imo. Better mouse control, they just need to be more featured like Acer said. Keyboard may be more harder on touch, but there is always and option to make a slide out one, or just get used to it. I'd probably get one sometime, but why are there no tablets for pen touch, for drawing?
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    tbq , January 19, 2011 5:10 AM
    My next portable machine will likely be an Asus Eee PC T101MT, or its direct sucessor. It has the best of both worlds with a multi-touch surface and a real keyboard. All it really needs for me is an HDMI port and support for 4GB of DDR3.
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    alyoshka , January 19, 2011 8:25 AM
    I wish they'd take mine back and replace it with this.... :) 
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    zodiacfml , January 19, 2011 10:02 AM
    maybe they're preparing for windows 8.
    makes sense now that there's a lot tablets based on ARM already.


    greghomeI still think this would be a little bit stupid as oppose to choosing AMD's Fusion chips since tablets won't need that much CPU power,and the Bobcats are more like Atoms, while the SB is like a Nahalem

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    cookoy , January 19, 2011 1:40 PM
    will all these tablets mania going on, the netbook market will surely take a big hit
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    g00fysmiley , January 19, 2011 2:05 PM
    first thought "ooo SB in a tablet thats some nice power in a tablet"

    second thought "hmmm wonder how long the battery will last, 32nm is nice but i don't see it being as efficient as other options"

    third thought "how are they gonna properly cool it... must be undervolted/clocked... but then is it really gonna be any better than anything else out there"

    guess onyl time will tell to answer my questions >_<
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    thejerk , January 19, 2011 3:47 PM
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    but he did say that aside from Sandy Bridge, they’d run on Android,


    Sandy Bridge
    Android

    wtf?
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    Travis Beane , January 19, 2011 5:59 PM
    greghomeI still think this would be a little bit stupid as oppose to choosing AMD's Fusion chips since tablets won't need that much CPU power,and the Bobcats are more like Atoms, while the SB is like a Nahalem

    Have you ever tried using a Atom netbook? I usually a 3.7GHz i7 920, and the few times I've had to use one, I've wanted to tear my eyes out.
    Here's one guy who's all for the Sandy Bridge. We had some great, ultra low voltage Core 2 chips, but the ULV i3's still had a significantly higher TDP. I don't care if the newer Atoms have a 1-2.5W TDP, I'm not running Windows 98 on them.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2011 10:10 PM
    I liked this plan the first 5 or 6 times I saw it the past few years - "OMG, we've got a whole PC in a tablet! Hey, why isn't anybody buying these?"
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    failboat , January 20, 2011 1:44 AM
    I don't see why they aren't opting for amd ontario or zacate. I don't want a thousand dollar tablet. I do want one with a windows or linux os, however, aka x86.

    As for the keyboard, give me a kickstand and some bluetooth. I'll figure it out.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2011 12:39 PM
    The battery will hardly run for 30 mins.
    SB is not as battery draining as the previous generation.
    In fact, I think the battery life comparison for laptops was something along the lines of 2x higher for SB ones.

    Of course, since we are talking about tablets, my theory is that the SB cpu's used here will have to be clocked down a bit in order to have the same, if not better battery life.

    Ivy Bridge would likely be a better solution due to it's smaller form factor though.

    And I can definitely see netbooks going under because of this.
    Besides, you can easily get an usb keyboard for pads now, so that solves that issue.

    To be honest, I would find it very nice to own a tablet like this one, because I wouldn't have to haul my laptop along for the ride.
    :D