Acer has decided to join the masses in rolling out a tablet for any and every demographic the
company can possibly think of with a line of new 4.8″, 7″, and 10.1″ tablets. The company introduced the products during the Acer global press conference Tuesday, all of which will eventually run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) when they are released in 2011.
Acer started out its presentation by saying that everyone uses technology differently, and that the future showed a “variety of form factors and devices.” Indeed, Acer seems to want to get into all of those markets at once with its new family of tablets, all of which will have dual-core Tegra CPUs and come with Acer’s own UI. None of the products have a name yet, nor is their OS ready yet, but the company hopes to have them available to the public in the spring of next year.
The baby of the family will have a 4.8″ screen with a resolution of 1024×480 which Acer described as “100 percent smartphone, 100 percent tablet.” Those specs make it slightly larger than the already-large HTC Evo with its 4.3″ screen, but quite a bit smaller than the 7″ tablets out there. But don’t worry, Acer has one of those too: the 7″ Acer tablet will have a resolution of 1280×800 (just like its 10.1″ counterpart). The 10.1″ and 4.8″ versions have front- and rear-facing cameras, though it was unclear from Acer’s presentation whether the 7″ version does or not.
According to Engadget’s “hands-on” time with the devices, only one of the three would power on (apparently due to the lack of OS), and the one that did turn on was described as “very sluggish” aside from a blazing HD video.
With its new yet-to-be-named tablets, Acer will engage Samsung, RIM, Apple, and a slew of bottom feeders on the latest front of tablet wars. Research firm Strategy Analytics recently said that Apple currently owns 95 percent of the tablet market, but that number is sure to drop once the Android tablets start flooding store shelves.