Acer has been relatively quiet on the tablet PC front -- that is, until now. The company has just announced that its new Iconia Tab A500 tablet, which will run Android 3.
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While all the talk lately has been about high-end dual-GPU monsters like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 and the AMD Radeon HD 6990, AMD has quietly released a pair of new boards with more economical price tags this week.For gamers on a budget, the new $150 Radeon HD 6790 slots in between the older Radeon HD 5770 and the Radeon HD 6850.
Sony has been fairly silent on the tablet PC front while its rivals have been falling all over themselves to announce competitors to the iPad. But the electronics giant may be readying an Android 3.
Following up on the success of its smallest gaming notebook, the M11x, Alienware is apparently cooking up a new 14-inch laptop that a Chinese Web site has already reviewed.The M14x will include an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor (the Core i7-2820QM), 8GB of RAM, a 750MB hard drive, and the new Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics card.
Intel has confirmed that the first tablets based on its Oak Trail platform will be available starting in May.
AMD is now shipping its Llano 32nm APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) to customers, suggesting desktops and laptops using the new chip will be available in mid-2011 as promised.
Most of Dell's laptop lineup is Intel-based, but the Inspiron M100 series appears to be saved for its AMD notebook forays. It already sells the Inspiron M101z with an Athlon II processor, and now it appears to be adding its first AMD Fusion portable in the form of the M102z.
A Chinese Web site has posted a slide showing a new Intel chipset that's designed to work with the company's forthcoming Sandy Bridge E processors ("E" standing for "enthusiast"). The X79 Express will replace the X58 as the top desktop chipset when the new high-performance CPUs are launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
The first Android 3.0 tablet, Motorola's Xoom, has been available for more than a month now. Others companies have been talking about their Honeycomb tablets, but none are shipping in the U.S. yet. Meanwhile device makers and developers are grumbling that Android isn't so open anymore, and there are few native apps.
We've known about Acer's Iconia portable device for a while now, but the company has finally announced specs, pricing, and availability for the dual touch-screen tablet. Known officially as the Iconia-6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook, it combines a pair of 14-inch LED-backlit LCD screens and layers a unique interface over Windows 7.