Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cheaper lightweight computing on the way

We have been hearing about, writing about and waiting for the fabled Google Nexus 7, which is supposedly be based on Asus's Eee pad MeMO ME370T shown at CES several months ago. What is the big deal about the Google Nexus 7, well reportedly you get a 7-inch tablet with a decent screen resolution, quad core processing all for US$199 or so. While the expectation is that we will see this by the end of this month, it looks like good quality low cost tablets are really on the way.

At the ongoing Computex Taipei, The Verge reports that Acer has a new low cost Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A110. The A110 9s 7-inch tablet with Android 4.0 with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor under the hood. What makes it interesting is the price which is reported to be under US$200. The Acer Iconia A110 should be out within the next three months.

Another article from The Verge (these guys really get around) reports that AMD has a pair of E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU), the E1-1200 and E2-1800 which will replace the E-250/300/350/450 APU's. The E1-1200 runs at 1.4GHz while the and E2-1800 is clocked at 1.7GHz. The new E-Series APU's will be headed to ultra-thin laptops similar to Ultrabooks, but priced at US$599.

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