Taiwanese computer maker Acer has dished out its Iconia W500 Windows 7 based tablet PC devices just days after its Android 3.0 powered A500 became available for pre-orders.
Lately most of the tablet PC devices that have been dumped into the market, fashioned around Apple's iPad, run on Google's Android operating system. Acer's W500 will decide whether Windows 7 is as good on tablet device as it is on desktops and laptops.
Acer's newest tablet device is powered by a 1GHz AMD C-50 Ontario APU, using the Radeon HD 6250 for graphics.
The tablet comes with a 10.1 inch 1280x800 LED-backlit multi-touch display along with two web cams. The Iconia W500 has 2GBs of DDR3 RAM and a 32GB SSD installed. Acer has also thrown in a multi-format card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI support, Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth.
Comparing the two recently launched Acer tablet, the one running Windows 7 is much more expensive and heavier than its Android counter part. With the competitively priced Apple iPad 2 and a host of Android based tablet, it is difficult to see why any one would go for Acer's new Windows 7 offering.
Microsoft itself believes that Windows 7 is not meant for tablet device and is instead developing Windows 8, which is rumored to be compatible with tablet devices.