Acer Tablets Launch Tomorrow?
The Galaxy Tab has encountered very mixed reviews, but that doesn't seem to have stopped it from finding an audience. Asia News Net reports that Samsung has just announced over 600,000 Tab sales. The Galaxy Tab has only been available for a month.
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At this rate, Samsung's goal of 1 million sales before 2011 seems well within reach. The holiday shopping season is about to kick into full swing, and Samsung has the best-publicized Android slate currently available. The Galaxy S has already broken five million sales, and the Tab now seems equally attractive to customers.
Samsung is being helped by the fact that Android tablet options are currently rather limited. But today Digitimes has reported that Acer will reveal a 10" Windows 7 tablet and a 7" Android 2.2 tablet tomorrow in New York City.
Some heads within Acer want to hold off on their Android tablet until 2.3 launches, but others believe they need to rush to fight the Galaxy Tab and Folio 100 now. Looking at these numbers, it seems almost irresponsible for Acer to delay their 7" slate. The brands that get in on the ground floor of the Android tablet craze will have a leg-up on the fight for 2011.
And as for that 10.1" Windows 7 tablet? Acer doesn't seem overly confident in its ability to succeed. The HP Slate's anemic sales are evidence that there isn't a whole lot of mass consumer interest in a Windows 7 tablet. Which is all the more reason Acer needs to push Android this season. They don't want to be the company that shows up late with the wrong product.
Samsung took a lot of crap for launching an Android tablet with an edition of the OS that Google considered sub-optimal for tablets. Today's news is vindication of their decision. Consumers are hungry for quality iPad alternatives, and they're willing to put up with some weirdness for a more open, productive sort of gadget.
At least, 600,000 of them are.