Acer and Other Manufacturers Turn to Android for More Than Just Tablets

Acer and Other Manufacturers Turn to Android for More Than Just Tablets

Lest Microsoft has any intentions of sweeping the criticisms over Windows 8 under the rug, the Redmond outfit may want to take a long, hard look at what its hardware partners are up to these days. Acer, for example, will test the market with a multi-touch all-in-one (AIO) system running Android.

Realistically, Android isn't at a point where it can truly challenge Windows on the desktop, but you have to start somewhere, right? The system Acer is selling (model # DA220HQL) rocks a 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display, Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 8GB of internal storage, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI output, memory card reader, and built-in speakers.

Acer DA220HQL

That's not exactly a dazzling spec sheet, though with an MSRP of $480 and a street price in the neighborhood of $425, there's a good chance it will find some buyers. The good news for Microsoft is that Windows 8-based systems are coming down in price, too, and with the recent launch of Haswell, there's a bit of renewed excitement in the PC space.
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