We do like it when a technology company decides to do away
with speculation and rumour and simply confirm what we all knew was happening
And so we applaud Acer for confirming that we are going to
see quad-core Acer tablets coming in 2012. While the announcement itself is not
really that significant, considering we expect almost all tablet manufacturers
to go down the Tegra 3 route next year, it is nice to clear up any confusion.
To recap, the existence of Acer’s upcoming Tegra 3 tablets
was uncovered by User Agent Profiles on the Acer website suggesting that an
A510/A511 as well as A710/A711 tablets were on the horizon. However we don’t
know yet how many Tegra 3 tablets will be coming come Acer in the new year – which will be follow-ups to the Acer A100 and Acer A500which launched this year.
Speaking to T3, “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. 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
But Android may not be the only OS getting love from Acer in
2012 with Wong hinting at a Windows 8 tablet arriving late in 2012: “Tablets
are a very important category to expand our business,” he said. “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.”
We certainly like the sound of Windows 8 running on some
Acer hardware and with Android Ice Cream Sandwich on its way, we could turn see
the iPad 3 facing some stiff competition to retain Apple’s tablet crown.