Acer may launch a ‘slide tablet’ by the end of the year
Acer already has one of the more affordable 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablets on the market, the Iconia Tab A500. And it’s supposedly still working on a 7-inch tablet called Iconia Tab A100, which, despite being delayed until “the second half of the year” should hit the streets at some future point.
However, it seems that those two models may not be enough for the Taiwanese company. Digitimes has heard from “sources in the upstream supply chain” that Acer is also working on a 10-inch “slide tablet” that it’s going to launch in the fourth quarter of this year (that’s between October and December). Presumably, this would be similar to the Asus Eee Pad Slider, a tablet announced back in January but which hasn’t shipped yet. The Asus tablet slides to reveal a full physical QWERTY keyboard, and Acer’s offering may do the same too.
Aside from the 10-inch screen, all we know right now about Acer’s new slide tablet is that it will have an ARM-based processor and will be manufactured by Compal. That’s it, though we can gather that the tablet will probably run Android, since Windows 7 doesn’t support ARM processors, and Windows 8 (which does) is still about a year away from release. Naturally, we’re assuming that will be either Android Honeycomb or Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Estimated shipment numbers for the new Acer slide tablet are not available yet, because the company is “taking a conservative attitude toward its orders”.
Of course, if this turns out to be real, expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming months. It’s interesting that more and more Android tablet makers are looking to differentiate their offerings, either by price or by features, in a market that’s become quite filled with near-identical models.