Acer has announced that it is delaying the launch of its Windows RT tablets until the second quarter of 2013 at the earliest.
The Taiwanese manufacturer had originally planned to release an ARM-based Windows RT tablet early in the new year but it appears that the appearance of the Microsoft Surface tablet – and its rather mixed reviews – have prompted Acer to wait and see how the market goes.
Acer’s president Jim Wong told Reuters: “Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious.”
Acer had been among the PC makers to question why Microsoft decided to commission its own-branded hardware with Surface.
Wong added, “We are watching how Surface is doing… How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don’t know… We want to see.”
Acer won’t just be going up against the Microsoft Surface tablets in 2013, as there is already the Asus Vivo, which runs Windows RT too. And all of the Windows tablets have to make up for lost ground to the Apple iPad range and to some extent, Android tablets, such as the Nexus 7.
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