Centrino flagship for new Acer range

Centrino flagship for new Acer range

Acer will launch a Centrino model this month as the flagship in its new range of notebooks and handheld devices.

The vendor claims its TravelMate C110 convertible Tablet PC will be the smallest and lightest on the market — weighing in at 1.4kg and featuring a 10.4-inch TFT LCD screen capable of rotating through 1800.

Containing Intel’s Pentium M900 MHz processor, 855GM chipset and integrated PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection, it has 256MB DDR-SDRAM and 40 GB ATA/100 hard disk drive with Disc Anti-Shock Protection (DASP). Prices will start from $4499.

Acer’s product manager for notebook PCs, Antonio Leone, said the C110 would have broad market appeal.

“It is smaller, thinner and has outstanding graphic performance that will make it desirable in the retail market for tech savvy users as well as with design professionals and corporate customers,” he said.

Also new in the TravelMate range are the entry level 230 and 280 models. Acer will pitch them at the SME and retail markets, together with the 530, 650 and 800 models for business users.

The TravelMate 230 will contain a 2GHz Intel Celeron processor and be available with a price tag of less than $2000. The $2499 TravelMate 280 will have a Pentium 4 processor.

Both machines are cornerstones in Acer’s aggressive attack on the retail market that it announced in ARN last week when signing a deal to put its machines on the shelves at Harvey Norman stores.

The final market debutant announced is Acer’s n10 which, like all of its handheld PC models, is offered with Palm and Pocket PC operating systems.

“There are markets for both [operating systems],” Leone said. “Palm has been more popular in the market but Pocket PC has picked up a lot during the last year or so because of corporate and SME take up.” Acer claims it is the only vendor to offer both systems.

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