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Acer to phase out netbooks by 2013

Acer readying high-performance tablets to replace netbooks

Acer has long been a leader in the netbook category with its outstanding products. But all that is going to be history if insiders are believed. Company officials have just recently mentioned about their plans with tablet launches and how they are going to mark the inclination of the company towards the smaller form of notebooks, from the current netbooks.

The company says it is going to launch 7 and 10-inch tablets based on the Android Honeycomb OS by the first half of this year and this, as the company puts, will be the first step towards the transition to tablets, away from netbooks. In fact, an insider says that Acer is completely going to phase out netbooks, and this will be done with by early 2013. Although this radical phasing out of netbooks seems unlikely at first hear, but Acer has plans to power its upcoming Android tablets with Intel Sandy Bridge chips, which usually are found under the hood of most full-featured notebooks, thus cementing the possibility of tablets replacing netbooks in Acer’s line-up.

One reason why Acer would be doing all this can be attributed to the steep decline in sales of netbooks owing to the success of tablets. Although not much can be said of how long tablets will enjoy this success, we hope Acer is going ahead with its plans considering this as a safe bet. Also with the tablet arena stirring up, Acer has to really make outstanding products to justify its netbook phase-out.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)