Published On: Sat, Jan 4th, 2014

Acer To Showcase New Chromebook, Tablet At CES 2014

Acer announced Friday that it will be showing two new products at CES 2014. The first is the Acer C720P-2600, the latest in the company’s touchscreen Chromebook line. The second is the Iconia A1-830, a stylish 7.9-inch Android tablet.tablet at CES 2014

The C720P-2600 Chromebook features a new configuration and a new color: Moonstone White. Those familiar with the C720 will be happy to know that this version still has the 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit screen, 32GB SSD, and the Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor. Aside from the color makeover, the C720P-2600 also comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory.

Chromebooks fall somewhere between tablets and laptops. The C720P-2600 weighs just a little under three pounds, and is equipped with a touchscreen, WiFi, and a built-in webcam. While it lacks the sheer processing power of a true laptop, its Chrome OS and integration with other Google products—including Google Docs—aims to give the casual user a more intuitive and personal experience.

The C720P-2600 will be available in the U.S. at an MSRP of $299.99.

Also debuting at CES 2014 is Acer’s new Iconia A1-830, a sleek, 7.9-inch Android tablet with an aluminum metal finish. The Iconia measures 0.32 inches thin, weighs just 0.84 pounds, and runs on the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It features a 7.9-inch screen, 16GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, and a claimed 7.5 hours of battery life.

The Iconia seems to be setting itself up as a less expensive alternative to the Samsung Galaxy and Nexus tablets. It offers many of the same creature comforts, including WiFi, front- and rear-facing cameras, and microSD external storage support.

The Iconia A1-830 will be available in North America and has an MSRP of $179.99 USD and $199.99 CAD.

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