November 23, 2010

Acer Jumps Into Tablet Fray

As the rise of tablets threatens its low-cost laptop business, computer maker Acer Inc. unveiled plans to begin selling tablets that run either Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. software

Thin Client: Acer Jumps Into Tablet Fray

The Taiwan company said Tuesday it will release three touchscreen tablets next year. The first, based on Microsoft's Windows platform, will have a 10.1 inch screen and be released in February.

The company will also release two tablets using Google's Android platform in April, one with a 7-inch screen and one with a 10.1-inch screen.

Acer didn't provide details about pricing or carrier distribution during its product event. Executives said pricing hasn't yet been determined, and the tablets haven't yet officially been named.

Acer is the latest personal-computer maker to join the tablet bandwagon after Apple Inc.'s iPad, released in April, attracted strong consumer demand. Samsung Electronics Co. has begun selling a Google-based tablet with a 7-inch screen. Other companies, including BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Co., have announced plans to introduce tablets to compete with Apple's product.

Thin Client: Acer Jumps Into Tablet Fray

Posted by keefner at November 23, 2010 12:47 PM