After the success of Apple’s iPad, many people rumored that computer manufacture Acer was working on developing and marketing a tablet PC of their own. While this has only been a rumor for quite some time now, Acer today announced that they are indeed working on tablet PCs and that they plan to have three models on the market by April as next year, with possible release dates being as early as February for select products.
The three models are as shown:
- 7″ compact design; Android OS, 1280 x 800 resolution, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor (dual core), HDMI output, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi and 3G connectivity
- 10.1″ design; Android OS, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor (dual core), HDMI output, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi and 3G connectivity, Aluminum (iPad-like) case
- 10.1″ Windows 7 version; Windows 7 OS, AMD processor, 2x 1.3 megapixel cameras (one on either side), WiFi and 3G connectivity – possibly available as soon as February
Acer has always been a well-known computer manufacturer, and was able to make quite a name for themselves during the explosion of the netbook market. However, as Jeff pointed out in a recent post regarding why netbooks sporting Chrome OS are doomed for failure, the netbook industry is simply on its last leg. For this reason, it makes sense that Acer would be looking to enter a new venture, as it will be a challenge for the company to survive (much less expand) if they do not make innovations to their product line.
I’ve seen a number of people “poke fun” at the idea of Microsoft opening up their own official stores and honestly I think it’s a brilliant move for Microsoft. Microsoft needs to get out from the giant boulder that has been pinning them down for years now – the OEM’s (PC manufactures) and consumer electronic stores. That’s right. I’m calling them all out. Dell, HP, Gateway, Best Buy, Circuit City (not anymore), every single one of them. In the early days of computing all these OEM’s and consumer electronic stores behind Microsoft helped them tremendously, but in more recent years, they have only harmed Microsoft.
Microsoft, despite what many people believe (mainly due to Windows Vista), makes some really excellent products and pieces of software (Windows being one). They also make some not so great products, but, you can’t win them all. Nonetheless, what I’m getting at here is Microsoft will now have a direct line to the consumer with their own stores – no more middle man. Now they will be able to show off their products to the fullest extent and not have to rely so much on third parties like Best Buy and Dell. Honestly, who knows your product better than you?