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Friday, 25 March 2011 12:34

Acer Iconia W500 Fusion tablet previewed

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x86 all the way
Acer is gearing up to introduce the Iconia W500 tablet, the world’s first slate based on AMD’s Fusion platform.

Unlike most tablets, the W500 is based on AMD’s C-50 APU. This is a proper x86 dual-core with on-die HD 6250 graphics. Thanks to this, the W500 runs Windows 7 rather than Android, which should come in handy for a wide variety of users who rely on the Windows environment and cannot transition to Android for practical reasons.

The W500 packs a 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen, but crucially it also ships with a full-sized chiclet keyboard, which doubles as a stand and practically transforms it into an ultraportable notebook. Coupled with Windows compatibility, this clever feature makes it a pretty useful little toy for people on the go.

However, there are quite a few downsides as well. The Iconia is a bit chunkier than ARM-based tablets and, as you have probably guessed, battery life isn’t great either. Acer claims it can deliver four to six hours, which is much lower than the ARM competition. It also costs a bit more, €499 to be precise.

Despite some shortcomings, it is a very interesting concept, particularly for business users who can’t live without Windows or a proper keyboard.

You can check out the preview over at Pocket Lint.
Last modified on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:50
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+6 #1 BernardP 2011-03-25 13:09
Bad link at the end of the article. Here goes:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/39291/acer-iconia-w500-a500-a100
 
 
+7 #2 dicobalt 2011-03-25 14:20
Nice. x86 is on its way to stomping ARM back into the ground.
 
 
+3 #3 bobo 2011-03-25 14:50
Quoting BernardP:
Bad link at the end of the article. Here goes:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/39291/acer-iconia-w500-a500-a100





Updated .... Thanks for the heads up...
 
 
+8 #4 63jax 2011-03-25 15:53
has many drawbacks but surely is the most powerful of them all.
 
 
+7 #5 redisnidma 2011-03-25 21:43
Quote:
The Iconia is a bit chunkier than ARM-based tablets and, as you have probably guessed, battery life isn’t great either. Acer claims it can deliver four to six hours, which is much lower than the ARM competition.

Sure, but funny you didn't mention that performance is FAR superior than an ARM-based solution, and let's not even mention graphics horsepower. ;-)
 
 
+2 #6 hoohoo 2011-03-25 22:17
Speaking as the happy owner of a Acer 522 c50 not-book, I think the c50 will work well in tablets. It has pretty good CPU and quite good graphics: smooth video at 1280x720, OpenGL & DX11 hardware acceleration.

The iPad is still at 800x600 or 1024x768, no?

In fairness, this 522 does only get max 6 hours on battery under OpenSuSE 11.3 browsing web or running Kate/Kwrite and a bit of g++.
 
 
-6 #7 JEskandari 2011-03-27 09:29
Sadly Not competitive if they don't do anything about battery time
if they can fix that problem then it'll destroy all competition .

you know when they say 6 hours it's probably 6 hours of office like programs
if you run some demanding program that fusion show it's strength in them then
I'm sure we may see 1-1.5 hours of battery time
 
 
+1 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-27 12:00
Quoting JEskandari:
we may see 1-1.5 hours of battery time



No, more like 3h. Even at full load, the APU is pretty efficient so you talking out of your ass here.
 
 
0 #9 123s 2011-03-27 14:53
Why...why is the screen frame so fat ?
 
 
0 #10 JEskandari 2011-03-27 21:30
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Quoting JEskandari:
we may see 1-1.5 hours of battery time



No, more like 3h. Even at full load, the APU is pretty efficient so you talking out of your ass here.

more likely experience
fully charge notebook with c50 and run office in it then again fully charge it
and run a game on it you'll see that it last far less than half the time it last
the first round
 

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