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Acer Android 3.0 tablets with 5, 7, 10-inch screen in early 2011

Jayesh Shinde 14 Sep 2010
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Acer is set to enter the tablet race by launching Android 3.0 tablet PCs with 5, 7, and 10-inch screens in Q1 of 2011. Acer is deliberating between Qualcomm's Snapdragon and Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor to adopt in its forthcoming Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) tablets. Acer in May had revealed a 7-inch tablet running on Android expected to ship at the end of 2010.

Prior to the launch of the 5-inch, 7-inch and 10-inch Android 3.0 tablet PCs, Acer will unveil an x86 architecture based tablet PC with an Intel processor and Windows 7 operating system as a dipstick to test the tablet PC market, reports Digitimes. Going by the recently-concluded IFA Electronics Show and CES 2010 earlier this year, Acer has nothing to worry about the tablet PC market. Especially, the Android tablet PC market which is forecast to grow.

Acer is in talks with Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer to manufacture and develop the three Android 3.0 tablets with 5, 7, and 10-inch touchscreen displays, respectively. Android 3.0, meanwhile, is all set to be unveiled later this year, possibly in conjunction with Google's music service announcement in December.

While Acer's 7-inch and 10-inch Android 3.0 tablets have a mainstream tablet form-factor, the Acer 5-inch tablet is positioned between a smartphone and a large-screen tablet. Acer expects the upcoming 5-inch Android 3.0 tablet, in particular, to attract telecom operators and carriers as it can be both a mobile handset and a regular tablet PC.

We expect these new Acer Android 3.0 tablets to be equipped with 3G capabilities, especially the 5-inch version if it has to woo over telecom operators in India next year.

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