From netbooks to tablet PCs, Acer targets gadget-savvy Filipino consumers

By Alexander Villafania

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA – Acer is hoping to duplicate its moderate success in the netbook segment this time looking to cash in on a potentially lucrative market for tablet PCs with its Iconia series of portable computing devices.

This line includes the laptop-type Iconia-484G64ns and the tablet PC-type Iconia Tab-W501, both of which feature multi-touch screen monitors.

The Iconia series  is the Taiwanese PC manufacturer's first foray into the tablet PC market, preceding several models from its previous Aspire series that also feature multi-touch screen capabilities.

The Iconia-484G64ns laptop features two 14-inch touch screens on the top and bottom panel. The traditional QWERTY keyboard has been replaced by a full-sized capacitive touch screen, though a virtual keyboard could be put on-screen to emulate actual typing.

The screen on the top half of the Iconia-484G64ns is also touch-capable and can work in tandem with the screen on the lower half.

The Iconia-484G64ns is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.55 gigahertz. It has 4 gigabytes of memory, and an integrated 128 megabyte high definition video graphics unit. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-FI b/g/n, a webcam, three USB ports, and an HDMI port.

It also runs Windows 7 Home Premium edition and priced at P70,900.

Meanwhile, the Iconia Tab-W501 is the first of Acer’s tablet PC under the Iconia series. It features a removable full-sized QWERTY keyboard; all internal components are within the top half with the 10.1-inch multi-touch screen.

The Iconia Tab-W501 is powered by an AMD C-series “Fusion” processor, which runs at around 1.6 Ghz. Despite the low processing power, the Iconia Tab-W501 has a 256 Mb AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics processor allowing it to run HD videos.

Other features include 2 Gb memory, WiFi, dual cameras (one at the front and another at the back) three USB ports on the top half and another two on the removable keyboard, and an HDMI port. Like the Iconia 484G64ns, it is also pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

The Iconia Tab-W501 is not yet available in the Philippines but Acer executives said it would be priced below P30,000.

In an interview, Acer Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong said ithe tablet PC industry in the Philippines is still small but is expected to grow as  users find new ways to use these devices.

He said most Filipinos still prefer traditional notebook form factors though there is already a small but significant community of tablet PC users.

“Just as what the netbook did when it was first introduced, the tablet PC will also have some significant effects on the Filipino user. There will be new ways of using tablet PCs and we’re up for that challenge,” Wong said.

He stressed that the company would eventually be introducing other models catering to different segments.

Tablet PCs or devices with multi-touch screen capabilities are expected to grow in the Philippines, according to reports from such groups as the International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner.

This growth is due to demand for multimedia-rich content as well as use of social networks.

*** is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, empowering Filipinos and uplifting the image of the Philippines by highlighting its unique culture. To do this, the team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types to inspire and celebrate Filipino achievements, ideas, products and places.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel
    Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel

    The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday. The gown, embellished with 6,000 natural white pearls, was stolen from Nyong'o's room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, during the day on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in West Hollywood said. "Ms Nyong'o was not in the room at the time of the theft," Deputy John Mitchell …

  • South Korea decriminalises adultery, condom shares soar
    South Korea decriminalises adultery, condom shares soar

    South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial adultery law which for more than 60 years had criminalised extra-marital sex and jailed violators for up to two years. The decision saw shares in the South Korean firm Unidus Corp., one of the world's largest condom manufacturers, soar by the daily limit of 15 percent on the local stock exchange. "Even if adultery should be condemned as immoral, state power should not intervene in individuals' private lives," said …

  • US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians
    US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

    The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians. The raids on Thursday struck areas around the town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without giving information on possible casualties. The town remains under the control of Kurdish forces, but at least 10 surrounding villages have been seized by IS, along …

  • U.S. flies most advanced surveillance plane from Philippines

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The United States has begun flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, out of the Philippines for patrols over the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday, acknowledging the flights for the first time. The United States, the Philippines' oldest and closest ally, has promised to share "real time" information on what is happening in Philippine waters as China steps up its activities in the South China Sea. China claims most of …

  • Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts
    Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. …

  • Purisima denies endorsing successor
    Purisima denies endorsing successor

    Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima denied reports that he has been urging President Aquino to appoint his protegé as the new police chief. “Contrary to news reports, PDG Alan La Madrid Purisima is not in any position to recommend and has not in fact recommended anyone to the President for appointment as next chief of the PNP,” his lawyer Kristoffer James Purisima said yesterday. Sources said that Purisima may have resigned but he reportedly remains …

  • IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named as London graduate
    IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named as London graduate

    "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State group militant believed responsible for beheading of at least five Western hostages, has been named as Kuwaiti-born computing graduate Mohammed Emwazi from London. "Jihadi John", nicknamed after Beatle John Lennon due to his British accent, is believed to be responsible for the murders of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig. …

  • ‘Noy angered by previous SAF failures to get Marwan’
    ‘Noy angered by previous SAF failures to get Marwan’

    Supt. Raymund Train, who led the SAF team that killed Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, recounted in a sworn statement the meeting he and senior SAF officers had with Aquino in Malacañang on Nov. 30. Train said among the senior officers who attended the meeting were then PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima, SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, SAF deputy commander Chief Supt. Noli Taliño and intelligence group chief Senior Supt. Fernando Mendez. …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options