Acer does not seem to be too concerned about tablets cannibalising its netbooks.
It has confirmed it is planning to release two or three tablets in the first half of 2011. The tablets will range in size from 7 inches to 10 inches and will be part of what Acer's Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian said was “phasing out netbooks” since “that’s the direction of the market.”
The three slates will be Android based but use Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, which is interesting because we would have expected to see Android running on ARM-based processors such as NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. This is yet another announcement related to Android tablets coming from Acer. At CES 2011, the ICONIA Tab A500, which pairs Android with the Tegra 2 was on show.
Acer expects the new tablets to be consumer-centric, and while the company believes the segment as a whole is gradually eclipsing the netbook segment, it will still be producing budget notebooks. Acer looks like it will only focus on simple netbook models to suit the reduced demand.