Acer expects tablet shipments to rise ten-fold in 2013

by Doug Drinkwater

March 4 2013

After releasing the Iconia B1 at the start of the year, Acer now reportedly plans to launch two new budget tablets later on in 2013
After releasing the Iconia B1 at the start of the year, Acer now reportedly plans to launch two new budget tablets later on in 2013

Acer is betting heavily that low-cost Android tablets will drive its tablet shipments to 10 million units this year, a significant ten-fold increase from the firm’s figures in 2012.

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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  • coltanderson1k
    1 year 7 months ago

    One other new tablet is the Novo 7 Venus Quad Core 7" Tablet - for $149 at a site called TabletSprint -- this new model offers impressive features for the price - including a Quad Core processor, 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front webcam, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled... all of which are found on the popular Nexus 7 -- while also offering a number of features the Nexus 7 doesn't - including a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port; plus more ways to connect to the internet, including Ethernet as well as 3G/4G-

    The Novo 9 Spark is also released this week -- and features a Quad Core processor/1.5 Ghz / 2GB, along with a 9.7 inch 2048x1536 (Retina) screen – and a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 32GB Memory, 4K Digital HDMI, and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash -- for $269 at TabletSprint.

    Ainol Electronics is noted for winning runner-up for "Best Tablet of the Year" at CES 2012, and it should be interesting to see how the new Novo Series fares in 2013 as this company gains more presence in the tablet market. The site TabletSprint also includes a promotion right now with a free 4G USB adapter and a free 500MB monthly Data plan for 4G internet access with all tablets they carry.

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