Three of the biggest computer and tablet manufacturers have announced new tablet devices at this year’s Computex exhibition. Asus and Acer are the home favourites at the Taipei based show. Asus took the opportunity to showcase an updated version of the Asus Transformer tablet while Acer announced the launch of the Acer Liquid S1 phablet device. Samsung launched two updates to the Galaxy Tab 3 range, in the shape of new 8” and 10” versions.
The Asus Transformer Infinity Pad is an update to the existing flagship range. It will feature the same detachable keyboard but will utilise the nVidia Tegra 4 processor while offering a considerably improved 2,560 x 1,600 resolution IPS display. It will have an aluminium case so should be rugged as well as lightweight and will offer improved battery and connectivity options to users.
Acer, meanwhile, will further extend their range of devices. Following the launch of three smartphones, they are now entering the phablet market. The Liquid S1 is a 5.7” device and will have a 1,280 x 720 resolution display as well as a quad core 1.5GHz processor and 8GB of internal storage. Other specs include a 2mp front facing and 8mp rear facing camera.
The 8GB of internal memory is further augmented with access to Acer Cloud Docs which will enable you to save documents and files remotely. Acer expect the device to launch later in the year in the UK with a price tag of about £300.
While not local, Samsung also took the opportunity to launch two new devices of its own, in the shape of the Sgalaxy Tab 3 8” and 10” variants.
The 8” version is strikingly similar to the Note 8. It has the same size and resolution of screen, runs a similar version of the Android operating system, and it also has a 5mp camera. The Note takes it, though, in terms of processor and use of the S Pen. Whereas the Note has a 1.6GHz processor, the 8” Tab 3 will “only” have a 1.5GHz processor on board.
The 10” variant of the Tab 3 has a little more to offer although it has the same 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution in the 10.1” screen as the Note. The process has been improved from the Tab 2’s 1.0GHz to a clocked speed of 1.6GHz and 1GB of RAM is included in the device. No prices or exact UK launch dates have been given for the Samsung devices.