Acer to release an Android AIO affordable system, betraying Windows 8

by: Alex SerbanMay 31, 2013

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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.

  • This could be interesting… a desktop with android. so long as the right apps are supported could replace a windows 8 machine… Off the top of my head you would need a solid office suite app that works well on the large scale… A way to play Windows pc based games on your android(porting or emulator), and very good media functionality. (MediaBrowser, XBMC, and others would need to run well on it) You meet that criteria and you really could have winner…

    • Piyush

      yeah with 1gb ram and 8gb storage , its windows killer , keep dreaming.

    • Sadly with the low hardware specs it won’t be able to run any Windows game that’s worth emulating or porting.

      • Sadly you’re right, the only hope would be that it is user swappable storage and memory, but I’m not going to hold my breath…

    • first of all android need to get serious apps rather than apps that do some basic stuffs and connect user to internet ( example compare photoshop for android and win/mac ) . I guess this won’t be successful without win8 dualboot and atlease 120gb of hd.

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    • James Nokik

      hehe 1GB RAM. This is gonna be just another mobile, just a huge screen? :p

      • MasterMuffin

        If your mobile has an Intel i5 then yes :P

  • Anthony Evans

    android only? wow this is a bit over kill…

  • holger d.

    what to do with only 1GB ram and low storage of 8GB?! Thats not even enough on a Phone.

    • Mikey

      Exactly, you stick a Core i5 and it’s automatically good for them? xD

  • DrewNusser

    Google needs to do something to customize Android for the desktop. Just the snap features and advanced task bar from Windows alone would make it awesome! I’d love to try one out.

  • Joe_HTH

    “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.”

    ROTFLMAO! This may be the stupidest product of all time. Acer is throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.

  • Rauel Crespo

    How does this desktop have worse specs than my PHONE!