Acer confirms Tegra 3 Android tablet

Acer will be launching its own quad-core Android tablet powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor sometime in 2012, according to the company's president Jim Wong.

“Acer was the first to follow Motorola with a Honeycomb tablet in 2011 after the launch of the XOOM and we intend to remain very aggressive on that front," said Wong. "You may have seen some leaked stories in the media relating to Acer launching a new quad-core tablet, and I can confirm these stories are true.”

Wong made the announcement in an interview with T3 at Acer's Taiwan development headquarters. However he wasn't just interested in touting the company's Android efforts:

"We are the only company selling Windows 7 tablets in volume, and next year we will continue to do the same thing with second-generation Windows tablets on the way in addition to our Android tablets.”

Nvidia recently showed off the capabilities of the Tegra 3 chip as part of a demo for the latest generation of the Android OS - 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich - on a pre-release version of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet. The chip is capable of using up to four cores at once to deliver strong multi-threaded performance, though scaling back to a fifth 'companion' core to reduce power requirements during standby or light usage periods.

The release date for the Trasformer Prime was announced today as 8th December for those that live in the US, meaning Acer will probably attempt to get its own Tegra 3 tablet to market as soon as possible in the new year.