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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.