By Mark Sutton
Acer has released its second tablet PC, the Travelmate C110, a Centrion based device that the company hopes will help it keep the lead in EMEA tablet sales
Acer has launched its second Tablet PC for the Middle East, the Travelmate C110. The latest tablet, which includes Intel’s Centrino mobility package, is aimed at business users according to Acer.The Travelmate C110 is a convertible form factor, with a screen that can be moved in place to allow the device to be used as a slate or as a traditional notebook. The tablet runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet edition, and at 1.5kg, it is one of the lighter tablet PCs available.Acer hopes the C110 will capitalise on the success of its predecessor, the Travelmate C100, which has become the market-leading tablet in the EMEA region, Krishna Murthy, general manager, Acer Computer ME said.“Our first tablet PC took the lead in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) during Q4 last year and we expect the new TravelMate C110 to further boost our success in the Tablet PC sector,” said Murthy. “Acer has already topped the Tablet PC market in EMEA by occupying 39% market share. With the launch of the TravelMate C110 we expect this figure to grow even further.”As a Centrino-based device, the C110 comes with integrated wireless LAN, but it also packs a number of other connectivity options, including V.92 56Kbps modem/fax, a wired LAN interface and integrated Bluetooth technology. The device is powered by a Pentium M processor running at 1GHz, with 40GB hard drive and external DVD/CD-RW and floppy drives. The 10.4” screen is XGA TFT and can be used for input using the supplied Acer EHR stylus. Battery life is around three and a half hours.“The TravelMate C110 offers unprecedented ease-of-use, functionality and versatility to the business users of the Middle East. At Acer we are committed to making computing more practical and easier to use and we expect sales of our Tablet PCs to continue rising,” said Eugene Thomas, director of business development, Acer Computer ME.