Acer plants 3G in its laptops

Acer has decided to warm the hearts of mobile surfers by embedding 3G capability in its notebook range, starting with two Intel Centrino Duo newbies.W

Acer has decided to warm the hearts of mobile surfers by embedding 3G capability in its notebook range, starting with two Intel Centrino Duo newbies.

While most web-heads today can already use built-in Wi-Fi or 3G cards like Vodafone’s to surf on the fly, Acer’s move is still a neat solution for roaming access.

Companies like The Cloud and BT are fanning the UK’s Wi-Fi coverage far and wide (story here) but 3G coverage is still more widespread. The new Travelmate and Aspire notebooks will also be upgradeable to HSPDA - High Speed Data Packet Access - which will should provide broadband speeds of more than 1 meg.

Unfortunately, Acer is being remarkably coy about revealing details about the new TravelMate 4260 and Aspire 5650. Both will be Centrino-Duo based for speedy processing, but aside from that little is known.

It’s likely they’ll be similar in pedigree to members of the existing lines, such as the existing Travelmate 4200 (pictured). This has a 15.4in screen, a 60GB hard drive and a dual layer DVD drive. The Aspire range, meanwhile, tends to pack a more multimedia punch with features like built-in video cameras, which would work nicely with built-in 3G for video-calling.

We’ll let you know when there’s pricing and release date information, but until then have a gander at Acer’s site for more on its laptops.