Acer to phase out netbooks in favor of tablets

Apple Online Store“Add Acer to the growing list of companies with new tablets in the pipeline,” Mike Isaac reports for Wired. “The Taiwanese computer manufacturer has announced plans to release both a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet in 2011.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The rest follow at a great distance.

“The new tablets are intended to gradually replace the company’s line of netbook computers, said Acer’s Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-Hsian. ‘That’s the direction of the market,’ Lu told Computerworld,” Isaac reports. “The company will still continue to produce netbooks, but will begin to phase out its range of netbook models while producing the new line of tablets.”

Isaac reports, “The tablets will run the Android OS (version unspecified)… Acer’s Lu declined to state price points and specific release dates for the new tablet offerings.”

MacDailyNews Take: Watch out, Google’s fake iOS is about to take a beating in public perception as it loses its main selling point on Feb. 10, 2011.

Isaac reports, “Acer’s tablet offerings also appear to completely reverse the company’s position as of only a year ago, when Acer’s Taiwan president Scott Lin said the company had no plans to pursue a tablet option, and that the iPad would be unlikely to impact the netbook market. ‘Apple has built [its] business out of carving its own niche,’ Lin told the DigiTimes last February, ‘which means that while Apple could see success with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to replicate its result simply by copying.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs makes shifting paradigms seem routine.

20 Comments

  1. You know who’s really getting f@#$ed in all of this?

    Microsoft.

    Think about it. Those netbooks mostly ran Windows. Now the world is moving to tablets. It looks pretty clear that tablets are going to be a two-OS universe, and neither OS will be Windows.

    Microsoft is screwed.

    ——RM

  2. “Acer’s tablet offerings also appear to completely reverse the company’s position as of only a year ago, when Acer’s Taiwan president Scott Lin said the company had no plans to pursue a tablet option, and that the iPad would be unlikely to impact the netbook market. ‘Apple has built [its] business out of carving its own niche,’ Lin told the DigiTimes last February, ‘which means that while Apple could see success with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to replicate its result simply by copying.'”

    Ahahahahaha… “put foot in mouth syndrome”

  3. No future in Netbooks. That was a pretty unambiguous admission.

    If netbooks are still around in three years time, it’ll only be because of bottom of the market no name chinese sweatshops will be the only companies left making them.

  4. #TimD

    “There’s going to a huge decline in Windows 7 licenses bought this year, perhaps 20% ?”

    Anyone know about how much the line item for netbook licenses WAS?
    It’s headed down. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  5. What’s still amazing to me is that none of these tablets from major OEMs (except for the Samsung Tab) are even available yet.

    Not the RIM, nor the HP PalmSlate nor the Moto Xoom nor the Acer.

    Apple really is going to have the iPad 2 out before these guys get out their answer to the iPad 1.

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