Acer to launch the Android DA220HQL AIO PC
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Intel's hints earlier this year about low cost Android laptops and PCs are proving to be true. This newest offering from Acer is powered by a next generation Intel Haswell Processor but does away with the Windows operating system.
Few details are available, but we know the new DA220HQL all-in-one PC will run on a new Intel 3GHz Core i5 4430 processor with 1GB of RAM and offer storage options as small as 8GB.
Market trends over the past year have made it very clear: low cost devices are the way to go for most manufacturers. The undeniable success of the inexpensive Nexus 7 tablet, and the slew of budget gadgets that followed, proved to the world that price was at least as important as processing power.
So far, Android powered tablets have held a huge advantage over Windows models when it comes to pricing. Running Android requires much lower powered components and almost negligible storage space, not to mention that using the open source OS avoids the need to pay expensive Windows licensing fees. Acer is among the first to bring these savings to the PC market.
We can likely expect a lot more Android powered PCs as well as laptops to follow the official release of Intel's Haswell chips next week, with more to follow after the release of Intel Bay Trail processors this fall.
The new Acer is expected to go on sale in the United States next week for a starting price of about US$400.