Yesterday, Acer’s Taiwan Sales Manager said of their tablet lineup, “They are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Today, Acer has amended that statement, saying “According to recent statement from Sales Manager based in Taiwan, Acer Inc. confirms that the company will not phase out netbooks in favor of tablets.”
Well, that’s all cleared up, then!
Actually, the whole statement (reproduced at the bottom of this post) goes on to say that the market is changing and that tablets and netbooks are just pieces of “the mosaic.” Among this “multitude of instruments” we will find the netbook and tablet hand-in-hand, not competing at all.
on tablet devices: netbooks will not be phased out
Manno, January 19th 2011 – According to recent statement from Sales
Manager based in Taiwan, Acer Inc. confirms that the company will not
phase out netbooks in favor of tablets.
Mobility, which has always been part of Acer’s DNA, finds a new form
of expression in the range of tablets on offer, which feature various
display sizes and models designed to fit different kinds of usage
scenarios. Acer recognizes that the computer market is changing. As
PCs are no longer only used to create content but are more and more
becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are
This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider
and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore, they will
find their space next to netbooks and notebooks.
Technological developments are changing the way we interact with
devices. No longer a single product, but a multitude of instruments
with diverse form factors and display sizes designed to meet the
specific connection need of that particular moment, allowing the
digital individual to stay connected and interact with his world,
Acer’s offer includes a 10.1” Android tablet, for a superb mobile and
home entertainment experience, a 7” Android Tablet, the epitome of
mobility and a 10.1” Windows Tablet for the maximum of versatility in
a tablet form factor. For the moment devices based on Sandy Bridge are
not yet foreseen.