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Acer $400 'PC' Will Run Android, Pack Intel's Haswell Chip

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    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57586918-92/acer-$400-pc-will-run-android-pack-intels-haswell-chip/

    *Note: I'm not sure why the above URL doesn't show up as a link - but if you copy & paste the URL into your browser you can get to the web site.

    by Brooke Crothers - May 30, 2013

    "Less Windows, more Android. Acer is about to give us a taste of this trend, as Android PCs begin to creep onto the market.
    The Acer all-in-one (AIO), due to be announced next week, will pack an Intel 3GHz Core i5 4430 "Haswell" processor and run Android.

    Expect this trend to pick up steam as PC vendors announce new systems based on Intel's upcoming Haswell and Bay Trail chips. Intel is already dropping not-so-subtle hints that Android laptops running on the Bay Trail chip are on the way and will be priced between $200 and $300.

    Acer's new AIO system will go for less than $400 at some resellers, though most listings put it about $425 and some are higher.
    And that's the appeal of Android. Systems sans Windows 8 can be priced lower and require less hardware.
    The Acer AIO will come with only 1GB of memory and storage configurations will be as small as 8GB."
     
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    A 3GHz Intel Core processor but only 1GB of RAM? Interesting. Even though android doesn't require as much RAM as Windows or Linux - I still wish this "PC" had at least 2GB of RAM.
     
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    I like the fact that Microsoft appear to be on the back foot. Google and Apple are working harder to develop a 2 horse race. Microsoft is lagging behind and still haven't finished Windows 8 (now 8.1). They are looking more and more out of touch, hence the 1m subscribers to Office 365 as that's their strength.
    Google need to open their arms to their loyal customers, like Apple and communicate to them regularly. I feel that Google has done the opposite and not listened enough.
     
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    It's like we're going back in time. People want low priced computers that do less. Can't we do that with a Pent. 90 from the '90s? I don't get it!
    What a bunch of consumerist crap.
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    Intel Haswell chips launch with better performance, longer battery life - Liliputing (click for full article)

    By Brad Linder - June 1, 2013

    "Intel is launching its 4th generation Core processor family, and we should start to see computers based on the new chips at the Computex trade show starting June 4th . Code-named "Haswell," there's honestly not all that much we didn't already know about these chips. Intel's been talking about them for months.

    But soon we'll start to see laptops, desktops, tablets, and other devices powered by Haswell processors. Intel has also started sending out some test devices, and you can find some initial benchmark results at CNET and more detailed specs at Engadget.

    While Intel will offer dual and quad-core chips for a range of different types of computers, there are two big stories here: Haswell chips use less power than their predecessors, and offer better graphics. That means the mobile chips are ideal for ultrabooks and detachable tablets, while beefier laptop and desktop chips could replace the need for discrete graphics cards... for some users."
     
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    OK big correction here. The original CNET article had the incorrect processor listed for the Acer AIO android computer:

    Acer all-in-one will run Android | Business Tech - CNET News (click for full article)

    Summary: Update: Acer's all-in-one sports a 21.5-inch screen and runs Android. Note that the chip inside is from ARM not Intel. Pricing is expected to be under $500.

    by Brooke Crothers June 2, 2013

    "Update: This article was originally posted on May 30 at 1:31 PM PDT.

    Updated on May 31 at 1:35 p.m. PDT: corrects processor. Though the system as listed on reseller sites was confirmed with Acer on Thursday, those specs are incorrect. Resellers are incorrectly showing the AIO with an Intel 4430 processor. It is a Texas Instruments 4430 ARM chip.

    Less Windows, more Android. Acer is about to give us a taste of this trend, as Android PCs begin to creep onto the market.

    The Acer DA220HQL, which is already live on Acer's site, comes with a 21.5-inch multi-touch display 1,920x1,080 display, Android 4.0, and a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core ARM Coretex-A9 processor.

    It also includes 1GB of memory, 8GB internal storage, front-facing camera, built-in speakers, Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, Micro USB 2.0, and wireless keyboard and mouse.

    The new AIO will go for less than $400 at some resellers, though most listings put it about $425. Some are higher than $425.
    And that's the appeal of Android. Systems sans Windows 8 can be priced lower and require less hardware."
     
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