According a senior company executive, Acer is planning to broaden its range of tablets by releasing a range of cheaper products this year. The statement comes after Acer received “robust demand” for its first low priced 7-inch Iconia B1 tablet.
The Iconia B1 only launched on January 18, but managed to sell an impressive 7,000 units in Taiwan in just the first 10 days. The company expects monthly sales there to soon surpass the 10,000 mark. Acer’s Iconia B1 is also expected to reach monthly global shipments of around 400,000 units, which indicates that there’s clearly consumer demand for moderately-priced tablets.
It seems that Acer has good reason to be happy with Google’s various operating systems, as it has recently announced strong sales for Chromebook products as well.
So what will these new tablets look like? Well details are scarce at this moment. All we know for now is that they’ll be shipping out 8- and 10-inch variants of the Incona B1 tablet sometime this year.
If you want a little speculation on the specifications; we might see a quad-core in the largest tablet, rather than the 1.2GHz Mediatek dual-core processor currently in the 7-inch model. We could also see the RAM memory pushed up to a 1GB in the larger tablets, but other than that things are likely to stay pretty much the same to keep the prices reasonable.
The tablets are expected to cost around NT$6000 ($203 USD) and NT$7000 (£237 USD) respectively, and should go on sale by Q3 2013.
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My apologies, £ is right by $ on UK keyboards.