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Acer and Asus use Android to survive in the "Post-PC" era

A certain leader of a company whose name I can't remember coined the term «Post-PC», referring to the time when users stopped buying personal computers to focus on tablets and smartphones. A few years have passed since these controversial statements, and the truth is that current data seems to support them. For example, Asus has just announced that it has sold three million tablets in the first quarter, an amount that helps to ingest the bitter pill of low sales of computers with Windows 8 preinstalled.

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In the case of Acer, history repeats itself. A particular model, the Iconia B1, has sold a million and a half units, so it is logical that they have announced an update. This improvement will consist of 1 GB of RAM, and a new design, which together with a dual-core processor (have not specified if the same as the current version), should be a good competition in the market for tablets of ? 150. The company expects this update to report another million and a half of sales until the end of the year. As we see, optimism is not lacking.

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A step higher will be the Iconia A1, an eight-inch tablet with IPS screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 that, although it may seem little, is compensated by the Mediatek 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor. There will be two versions, one of 8 GB and 16 GB, and yes, before anyone says so, the design looks a lot like that of an iPad. The price would remain at $ 169 (which we bet will be ? 169) for the 8 GB version and $ 199 for the 16 GB version.

The last member of the trinity with which Acer intends to clean up its coffers is the Iconia A3, a 10-inch tablet that will be officially announced this summer, but we already know that the price should not be very high, placing it in a good place with respect to its competitors.

I do not know if we are already in that vaunted "Post-PC", but what is certain is that traditional computer manufacturers are moving from sidewalk to forced marches. Windows 8 is not giving the expected results, and Windows RT is being abandoned to its fate by most manufacturers. What I am sure is that this opens the door to Android to reach more and more people.