Mercantile Office Solutions, the sole authorised distributor of Acer in Nepal, is all set to introduce the Acer Iconia B1 tablet. The company will also be rolling out two new laptops in its popular V5 series. Mercantile has stated that the new products will be introduced in the domestic market by next week.
Karna Parajuli, sales and marketing coordinator at Mercantile Office Solutions, said that the new tablet from Acer would be priced nominally to provide good competition in the domestic tablet market. “We had displayed a few units of the tablet during CAN InfoTech, and the response we received was overwhelming. I am sure people will like this new offering from Acer,” Parajuli added. Mercantile said it had received advance orders for 100 units, and expected to sell around 700 units in the first three months of its launch.
The new tablet from Acer has a 7-inch screen and weighs 320 gm, making it small enough to slip easily into commuting bags, yet big enough to provide a fine view of the user’s favourite media. It features a TFT capacitive touchscreen along with multi-touch functionality.
The device comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, making it super fast and ideal for gaming and web browsing. This superior processor has been mated with Androids Jelly Bean Operating System (OS) which further enhances the device’s overall performance. The other major component of this device is the MTK 8317T chipset.
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The new offering from Acer also has an easy connectivity system and expandable memory slots. While the primary storage capacity of the device is 8 GB and 512 MB of RAM, users can upgrade the storage capacity up to 32 GB through a microSD card. However, Acer’s new tablet seems to lag behind in terms of its camera. The Iconia B1 tablet has a 640×480 pixels VGA camera. There is no secondary camera on this device.
Meanwhile, Mercantile has planned to introduce two models of the Acer Aspire V5 laptop series — the V5-471 and the V5-571. They are equipped with 15.6-inch display 10-point touchscreens. The Active MatrixTFT Colour LED display boasts CineCrystal display screen technology with an aspect ratio of 16:9 for better image viewing experience. “We have been dealing in Acer’s V5 series in the domestic market for the past few months. People like this series because of its great looks, efficient functioning and impressive power backup,” Parajuli said.
Acer’s laptop series is equipped with Intel or AMD processing system. The device boasts Windows 8 Operating System, and Core i3 processor. It has a standard memory of 4 GB which can be enhanced up to 8 GB. The device also has a hard drive capacity of 500 GB.
Mercantile Office Solutions has stated that the Iconia tablet will be priced at around Rs 16,000. Likewise, the laptop series will be priced in the neighbourhood of Rs 60,000. The company has stated that the device will be sold in 22 districts across the country, apart from the Kathmandu valley. The products will have a one-year warranty, the company said.