Acer to Focus on Producing Windows 8 Tablets
Acer seems to be changing its gameplan in the tablet industry, and it’s reportedly diverting its attention to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 platform. While Acer has yet to formally announce its full product lineup for 2012, some sources within the supply chain said that the company will be doing away with the Android tablet market in the near future. Recent reports also suggest both Acer and Lenovo will be putting in Intel’s Clover Trail Atom platform to produce Windows 8 tablets.
However, no matter what reports have came out on the products to be released later in the year, Acer has maintained focus on Android tablets early in the year. Acer’s A200 and A700 tablets both operate on Google’s mobile OS.
ASUS has also relied on Android for its flagship tablet, the Transformer Prime. However it’s CEO, Jerry Shen, recently mentioned that he expects Microsoft’s upcoming OS to “completely change” the tablet market and do better than Apple’s iPad. The company is said to be looking on Windows-based devices on ARM, due to the higher cost of Intel’s components.
Windows 8-based tablets may be available during the second half of 2012.