Acer Slide Tablet Coming Your Way; Expect a Christmas Roll Out

June 30, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

This Christmas, Acer fans will be in for a charming holiday gift. The company, we hear, is mulling over launching a slide tablet at the start of the holiday season.

Acer hasn’t commented as yet, but going by what the usually trustworthy folks at DigiTimes say, Acer could be readying a 10-inch touchscreen device with an ARM-based chipset. The production is supposedly handled on contract with the manufacturer Compal.

Until we get anymore solid leaks, all we can do is guess as to what the tablet will pack. There are also rumors regarding the release of the Iconia Tab A100, Acer’s first seven-inch tablet with Android 3.2. The 10-inch A500 is also expected to get its Android 3.1 upgrade early next month.

Another bit of info that has come our way is that Acer is considering to drop their 2011 sales forecast for the current tablet line up, with 5-7 million units cut to 2.5-3 million devices.

All the other tablet producers (apart from Apple) are said to be maintaining full steam in their shipments. A slide tablet should be a welcome change from the usual pads. Although a slight defect (as in most slide devices we see) would be the longevity of the sliding portion. Devices of such genre seldom outlive rough and hard use, so extra care is important.

Let’s hope Acer has something better to offer with their slide tablets.

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