Acer deny netbook phase-out: Tablets "will find their space"

Acer has gone on the netbook defensive after comments from a Taiwan sales manager were interpreted as suggesting the company was planning to phase out the budget ultraportables in favor of tablets. According to the PR, Acer expects tablets "will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over."

As for Sandy Bridge, Acer are playing down suggestions that they are planning two to three Android slates based on the latest Intel Core processors. "Devices based on Sandy Bridge are not foreseen yet" the company insists.

Press Release:

Acer to increase its presence on mobile market investing on tablet devices: netbooks will be not phased out

Manno, January 19th 2011 – According to recent statement from Sales Manager based in Taiwan, Acer Inc. confirms that the company is not aiming to phase out netbooks in favor of tablets.

Mobility, which has always been part of Acer's DNA, finds a new form of expression in the range of tablets on offer, which feature various display sizes and models designed to fit different kinds of usage scenarios. Acer recognizes that the computer market is changing: As PCs are no longer used to only create content but are more and more becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are appearing. This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore they will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over.

Technological developments are changing the way we interact with devices. No longer a single product but a multitude of instruments with diverse form factors and display sizes designed to meet the specific connection need of that particular moment, allowing the digital individual to stay connected and interact with his world, anytime, anywhere.

Acer's offer includes a 10.1" Android tablet, for a superb mobile and home entertainment experience, a 7" Android Tablet, the quintessence of mobility and a 10.1" Windows Tablet for the maximum of versatility in a tablet form factor. For the moment devices based on Sandy Bridge are not foreseen yet.