Acer To Launch Android-based Tablet Today

Taiwanese powerhouse Acer is set to release at least two tablet devices later today during an event to be held in New York (there will be a live event video stream here).

Last month, Acer's CEO, GianFranco Lanci told Dow Jones that the tablets would cost between $299 and $699 with the cheaper model likely to be based on Android OS.

Now Digitimes confirms the information saying that the tablets will be released and will feature a 7-inch Android OS 2.2 model and a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet PC.

Interestingly, the authors of the article point to two diverging opinions within the company, one which actively seeks to launch the tablet as soon as possible to take on the Folio 100 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab while the other wants to delay the tablet until Gingebread and Honeycomb are officially released.

The problem waiting for Gingerbread and Honeycomb is that Google hasn't fully committed itself to a release date and has already said that Chrome OS rather than Android would be the company's preferred OS for tablets.

Acer may also give up on Windows-based tablet devices and instead focus on ARM-based devices powered by a Linux-based operating system.