Acer expects tablet shipments to rise ten-fold in 2013

March 4, 2013

Citing sources in the supply chain, Taiwanese news website Digitimes says that the firm hopes to ship 7 million Android tablets and 3 million Windows-based models in 2013.

The Iconia Tab maker has been making Android tablets since 2010 and while it was also one of the first vendors to embrace Windows 8 tablets (with the W500, W511 and W700), the firm is supposedly gearing up to compete with Amazon and Google in the low-cost Android market.

The report says that Acer is currently shipping between 200,000 and 300,000 units of the sub-$150 Iconia B1 tablet each month, and suggests that two additional low-cost models will be coming shortly.

One of these will reportedly be an 8-inch model to go into production in April, with a 10-inch companion to arrive some months later.

Acer executives told press at the Mobile World Congress last week that the firm intends to enter the phablet market in the near future. The company will also launch its first Windows RT tablet.

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