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Acer denies netbooks will get the boot

Acer has released a statement denying that it has plans to phase out netbooks.

Specifically refuting an utterance from a Sales Manager based in Taiwan, that we reported on earlier Acer "confirms that the company is not aiming to phase out netbooks in favour of tablets."

Mobility, says the firm "has always been part of Acer’s DNA." It says it recognises that the computer market is changing. "As PCs are no longer used to only create content but are more and more becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are appearing. This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore, they will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over."

The firm also denies that it is lining up a range of tablets based on Intel's new Sandy Bridge chips. "For the moment devices based on Sandy Bridge are not foreseen yet," the firm said.

It said it is lining up a 10.1-inch Android tablet, and a 7-inch version as well as a 10.1-incher running Windows.

The loose-lipped Sales Manager is, we imagine, getting a bit of a roasting right now.