Midmarket: Acer Tablets, Smartphones Run Android, Play HD Video
BARCELONANot to be left out of the burgeoning tablet market, computer maker Acer showcased a number of portable computing devices at this year's Mobile World Congress, including three tabletstwo running the latest version of Google's Android operating system, "Honeycomb," which was designed specifically to run on tablet devices. Debuting under the company's Iconia nameplate, the A100 and its larger cousin, the A500, boast front- and rear-facing cameras and sport Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor.??í The 10.1-inch Iconia Tab W500 runs Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and can connect to a docking station and keyboard for added functionality. Along with the three tablets, Acer also displayed the Iconia Smart, a widescreen smartphone/tablet device, which runs Android "Gingerbread" on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. A gorgeous display is accentuated by Dolby Surround Sound technology, making the device well-suited for mobile entertainment aficionados. Last but not least, Acer dusted off its stylish special edition Liquid E smartphones, painted an eye-catching Ferrari red and sporting decals and insignias from the famous exotic car company. But it's not just pretty packagingthe smartphones run on the Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon processor and boast a unique and lightweight Ferrari design.