Acer has apparently taken a small leap out of the Windows 8 band wagon and, as CNET affirms, the company is gearing up to release an All-in-One computer powered solely by Android instead Windows 8 or even the skinned RT version.
The AiO will reportedly contain an Intel Core i5 4430 processor clocked at 3GHz, 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM and at least 8GB of storage. Considering the fact that this new processor generation will be built using the Haswell technology, which has the potential of boosting battery life of a device by 50%, we would say that the Android-Intel duo would be quite interesting.
By evading Windows 8 and opting for Android, Acer could successfully cut down retail prices to approximately $391, depending on the listing – the device is already available for sale from certain retailers, despite not being officially unveiled. Even though some retailers price the item little above $400, is still a nice price to pay for a system of this scale and power.
Acer has confirmed the news and a proper announcement is apparently set for next week. There were no mentions about the screen dimensions, display quality or design.
Does Android have what it takes?
After seeing what Google’s mobile platform is capable of on a regular smartphone I dare to say that Android has what it takes to replace a fully-working desktop platform software. If Acer sets up a trend and manages to capture the interest of numerous buyers, as well as the competition, we might see a rise like none other.
The product that might suffer the most in this equation is without a doubt Windows 8. Even though Microsoft’s creation is too big to fail, a popular mobile platform may have the power to turn the tides if it’s going to be received well by desktop lovers. Also, another product that could be affected by Android-based PCs is Google’s Chrome OS. Speculations aside, only time will tell.
We’ll remind you that Intel has already confirmed that affordable Android laptops will be available later this year, so we’re not only looking at Intel-based, Android-running desktops.