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Samsung, Lenovo & Acer Planning Quad Core Tablets

After Asus, both computer giants Lenovo and Acer are said to be planning quad core tablet devices that will use Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the quad core Nvidia Tegra 3, in what would be yet even more design wins for the US-based semiconductor company.

According to Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes (opens in new tab) who quote sources within the notebook community, Samsung Electronics will also launch a quad core tablet, but the third generation tablets may prove to be a harder sell than the previous one.

As the sources point out, the main improvements will be with performance and design, but overall the concept will remain the same with the same screen size and resolution and possibly slightly improved camera.

The new tablets are expected to cost up to $599 and account for up to 15 per cent of the total tablet market worldwide.

There had been rumours that the pure PC manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Samsung and Lenovo could be contemplating leaving the market altogether after disappointing sales.

2012 promises to be an even tougher year with the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and even Ratuken launching subsidised tablets that are sold at cost price with profit being derived from content sales.

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 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.