The second largest computer manufacturer, Acer, might be one more tablet device player in the market to compete with Apple’s iPad. Acer is releasing Android based 7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets arriving to the store by next April. A 10.1-inch tablet running Microsoft Windows 7, with front- and rear-facing cameras, is expected to hit the store shelves as early as February 2011.
All three devices are told to feature WiFi and 3G.
During the Nov. 23 press conference in New York City, Acer also showed a 4.8-inch touch-screen (with 1024×480 resolution), Android-powered smartphone and a 14-inch dual-screen laptop. The Iconia laptop with 2.93GHz Intel Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD integrated graphics is something to look forward to.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the nearest iPad rival, is told to have sold 600,000 units within a month of release. With entry of various tablets, the market leader, iPad, holding a comfortable 95.5 percent of the worldwide tablet market, need to do more than innovation to retain a fraction of that share.
Apple is also expected to come up with the second generation of its iPad in the first couple of months next year, just in time to compete with the new entry in the market.