Acer is about to make its way onto the tablet market and it looks as thou it will have a really powerful start with three different models for portable PC tablets. Moreover, these tablets are supposed to run the upcoming Android 3.0 operating system. Acer decided to test the market by manufacturing three tablets that will differ from each other mainly in their screen sizes.
Sources from upstream component makers state that the 5-inch Acer tablet is designed for a category that fits right between smartphones and mainstream tablet PCs. The 5-inch tab from Acer will be competing on the same niche area as the upcoming Dell Streak. The 7-inch Acer tablet will be launched for another division of the tablet market, where it will encounter serious competition from Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Finally, the Acer company will have a lot of work to do on the 10-inch tablet also if they really want to rise to the standards set by Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad.
We learned that Acer is already having discussions with both Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer regarding the upcoming Android 3.0 tablet PCs, but Acer hasn’t yet made up its mind with which one it is going to end up making a deal. Acer also needs to start thinking and deciding which processor fits best for its upcoming tablets having to choose between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Nvidia’s Tegra 2.
Meanwhile though, it seems that Acer will start testing this category of smart devices market with an x86 model expected to ship in a rather small number of units. This device is manufactured by Compal and it will use an Intel processor that will run the Windows 7 platform. If this Windows 7 model will turn out successful, Acer will probably start shipping the Android 3.0 based tablets also. Let’s wish’em all the best, because, frankly speaking, the greater the competition, the better for us consumers.