Acer To Offer Trio Of Android Tablets

Taiwanese giant Acer may be bringing three Android-based tablet to market in the first quarter of 2011 as it prepares its assault on rivals like Samsung or Toshiba who have already announced theirs.

Digitimes says that the models will have a 5-inch, 7-inch and 10 inch screen and may be built in partnership with Quanta or Compal Electronics, two of the biggest ODM/OEMs in Taiwan.

Although Acer appears to have decided to go for an ARM-based solution (either Nvidia Tegra 2 or an unnamed Qualcomm Cortex A9 solution), the company will also have a small number of Wintel tablets based on Windows 7 and an Atom processor and built by Compal.

As for the 5-inch tablet PC, Acer will try to position it as a hybrid device with both smartphone and tablet PC functionality, similar to the Dell Streak.

One can therefore expect it to come with built-in 3G capabilities. Note that all three models are expected to run on Android OS 3.0 (Gingerbread), which is expected to be launched next month.