During CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Acer Corp introduced its low-budget 7 iinch Acer Iconia B1 tablet based on Android operating system which they claim it has sold around 1.5 million units world-wide, so far. Iconia B1 is one of the cheapest tablets on the market right now, and it is available on sale for $170. Acer also has plans to launch a 10.1 inch Iconia A3 tablet this year.
In an interview in Taiwan Scott Lin, Acer’s senior vice president and president of its Greater China operations, revealed that the company has plans to launch an upgraded 7 inch version of the Iconia B1 and a 10.1 inch Android tablet called Acer Iconia A3 around IFA 2013 (July / August).
Taiwanese manufacturer has already launched an 8 inch Acer Iconia A1 tablet on May 3rd in a press event held in New York and it will also launch an 8 inch version running Windows 8 operating system dubbed Acer Iconia W3 soon.
“We started slowly in the tablet market, but we have enjoyed good progress. This is our first year in the tablet market to post strong growth,” said Lin at a launch event held by Acer in Taiwan.
Scott Lin estimated that 7 inch tablets will account over 30% of Acer’s total tablet shipments this year, while the 8 inch models will account 50% and the 10.1 inch tablets 20%, he predicted. Acer Corp plans to ship at least 10 million tablet units in 2013, aiming to gain at least 5% share of the global tablet market, Lin added.