Taiwan-based PC maker Acer is expected to finally unveil their first Android tablet at a special event taking place tomorrow in New York. As of late we have not really focussed on the countless number of Android tablets coming out overseas, but since Acer chose to announce this thing in the United States there is a good chance we might get our hands on it.
Back in May, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci showed off a 7-inch Android tablet that featured a physical QWERTY keyboard below the display, similar to Amazon’s Kindle design. We don’t know much about the device, but it was rumored to include the Tegra 2 processor like many upcoming Honeycomb tablets.
A report from Digitimes says that Acer was debating on whether they should wait for Honeycomb (Android 3.0), but it sounds like they want to get a product out now to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
“Acer has two internal opinions about the debut of Android tablet PCs, one is to delay the debut until after Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and Honeycomb (Android 3.x) are launched, the other is that an early debut will help compete with Samsung Electronics’ and Toshiba’s Galaxy Tab and Folio 100, the sources pointed out.”
Acer’s CEO also said they were still deciding between traditional retail channels or operators for distribution, but that the latter was the “obvious” option. Google won’t allow the Android Market on devices without a mobile data network, so expect the Acer tablet to come in a 3G version unless they haven’t been doing their homework.
What do you think of Acer’s Kindle inspired tablet design? Should they release it right now with Android 2.2 in time for the holidays or delay the product till next year and focus on Honeycomb?