Acer and Asus to Launch Windows 8 Tablet PCs in Q4

Aug 22, 2012 Ι Industry In-Focus Ι Electronics and Computers Ι By Quincy Liang, CENS
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Taipei, Aug. 22, 2012 (CENS)--Eying business opportunities created by the new Windows 8 operating system (OS), scheduled for release in October, Taiwan-based personal computer (PC) vendors Acer and Asus will soon launch Win 8 tablet PC models.

Acer plans to launch two Windows 8 tablet PCs supporting keyboard input, and will soon launch several Android smartphone models, including the A9- and C-series in September. Acer's CA and C1 smartphones will be demonstrated in pan-European market in the fourth quarter possibly in cooperation with some telecom carriers.

Industry sources said that Asus' new tablet PC TF500T will be priced between its lower-end Transformer Pad TF300 and high-level model Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.

Some institutional investors deem that after the Windows 8 products go to market, consumer response will decide how intensive PC vendors will promote compatible models.

Lenovo has also announced to launch price-competitive Windows 8 tablet models priced from US$200 to US$300, with its IdeaPad Yoga notebook PC also to be announced in October.

According to PC part and component suppliers, all major international vendors, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer and Asus, are actively developing Windows 8 products, leading to parts suppliers' revenue peaks in the fourth quarter.

Compal Electronics Inc., a major contract notebook PC assembler, is reportedly developing Windows 8 notebook PC models for HP, which plans to unveil the new models in the fourth quarter to boost sales in the Christmas season.
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