Other tablet makers may be taking a cautious approach to Windows 8, but that same cannot be said of Acer. The Taiwanese vendor is reportedly planning to launch its third hybrid Windows 8 tablet, a device which could compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
According to Hungarian technology news website Tech2.hu, Acer is working on a new model with an 11.6-inch 1600 x 900 resolution display, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor (with options ranging from a Celeron chip to a Core i5), and with storage spanning from 32GB to 128GB. The device will apparently come with an optional keyboard dock.
While these specs could make the device powerful enough to become a laptop replacement, the source intriguingly notes that Acer will name the device as the Aspire P3. The Aspire range is usually reserved for Acer’s collection of notebooks, although it is believed that the company will attempt to market the Aspire P3 as a more versatile ultrabook.
For all the negativity surrounding Windows 8 and weak sales of Microsoft’s Surface tablets, Acer has been one of the few vendors to embrace the new operating system. The firm already has two Windows 8 tablets on the market -- the Iconia W510 and W700 -- and has said that it intends to launch a Windows RT tablet at some point in the future.
Despite this, it has been reported that while Acer's tablet shipments are expected to grow ten-fold to 10 million units this year, 7 million of these are still expected to be for the company's Android models.