It appears that Acer , in order to compete with the ever rising sales of Tablet PCs, will be unveiling a new line of Tablet PCs this March 2011. While these there are big leaders are dominating the tablet playing field, Acer’s cost effective quality product will definitely replace some Netbook market in India. It is speculated that within the next couple of years, Tablet PCs will surpass the sales of Netbooks.
Acer is intended to show off five tablets in India by March 2011. Leading PC Brands are expecting a reasonable growth on tablet consumers by 2011 as there are more people moving towards 3G technology which is now well obtainable in most of the cities in India. For 3G users, Tablets are the best choice and to fulfill their need, Acer is stepping ahead with 5 models of Tablets. These are awaited to be brought out by March 2011 in India on all primal cities.
Seeing the screen size, the 4.8 inch display tablet will be one and the 7inch display will be two and the last two will be the 10 inch screened.
Tablets are doing well in India. By December 2011, when the linked 3G Broadband feature is well improved and available all over India, we expect the widespread sales of tablets in India to touch the figure of 6,000-8,000 per calendar month, said S Rajendran, chief marketing officer of Acer India.
While the expectation says there will be a giant translation of PC market by this tablets in United States and other European countries, in India still the Netbook incursion is still not hit the anticipated level. So we could see the Netbook market growth for some time in India alongside of the tablets. According to one Gartner report, media tablets will replace 10% of the regular PC market by 2014, which seems true by this Acer’s new step ahead.
All these tablets are powered by the Honeycomb OS which is the latest Android OD iteration following Cupcake, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread march of Android operating systems. Honeycomb is the most refined version of Android OS specifically designed for the big screened mobile devices. With upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing. Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc). Alongside the 100,000 of Adroid applications available on Android Market, Acer will also equip these tablets with their application store Alive. This is really good news for application lovers to pick and try different applications from free and paid categories.
The price and other particular hardware specifications are not yet disclosed. But, the price of the 7 inch Acer tablet will cost about Rs 24000 which is still not affordable to average Indian customer. We could expect this price may go down while it is ready next to release.
Acer is also preparation to launching a smart phone based on Windows Phone 8 OS (WP8) in the second half of the year apart from 4-5 offerings on the Android OS. A laptop running the Google’s Chrome OS, a cloud-based approach to personal computing, is also expected to be launched in the second half of 2011. The current system of native OS on a native machine, one which we are currently used to, is not the future. More and more services are running on the cloud and web-based computing is the growing trend.
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