Acer plans to expand Android tablet line with 8- and 10-inch quad-core models

by David Needle

January 29 2013

The Acer Iconia B1 is priced at $150.
The Acer Iconia B1 is priced at $150.

Expect more action at the low end of the tablet market with tech giant Acer planning more models to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 later this year.

Acer has already undercut Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 on price with the dual-core, $150 Iconia B1 Android tablet it showed at CES, but the company plans to stay aggressive with 8- and 10-inch tablets based on quad-core processors. 

Acer’s President, Linxian Lang tipped a bit of this to the China Times, spotted by Digital Trends. According to a Google translation of the article, Linxian believes the tablet market is going to top 200 million units this year with Apple and Samsung capturing the 80 million unit high end, leaving 120 million tablet opportunity for Acer to battle it out with the likes of Amazon and Google. 

Acer plans to use the new MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor in these new tablets, one of the first to use ARM’s Cortex A7 architecture. Acer already uses a dual-core MediaTek processor in the Iconia B1. 

Acer also makes Windows 8 tablets, but the company was an early critic of Windows RT and has no near term plans to release a Windows RT tablet. 

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