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Acer Says It’s Not Phasing Out Netbooks

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This always happens. An employee of a company makes a statement. Sites like GBM pick it up and report it. Then it gets denied by the company. Sometimes it gets denied by the company because it’s not true and the employee was talking out of turn. Sometimes it gets denied because the company just isn’t ready for the news to break yet. In any case, the employee gets in trouble.

Yesterday we reported that Acer’s Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian was quoted as saying Acers Tablet plans “are aimed at phasing out netbooks, That’s the direction of the market.” Today there’s a denial of that statement. Here’s that denial statement.

Manno, January 19th 2011 – According to recent statement from Sales Manager based in Taiwan, Acer Inc. confirms that the company will not phase out netbooks in favor of tablets.

Mobility, which has always been part of Acer’s DNA, finds a new form of expression in the range of tablets on offer, which feature various display sizes and models designed to fit different kinds of usage scenarios. Acer recognizes that the computer market is changing. As PCs are no longer only used to create content but are more and more becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are appearing.

This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore, they will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks.

Technological developments are changing the way we interact with devices. No longer a single product, but a multitude of instruments with diverse form factors and display sizes designed to meet the specific connection need of that particular moment, allowing the digital individual to stay connected and interact with his world, anytime, anywhere.

Acer’s offer includes a 10.1” Android tablet, for a superb mobile and home entertainment experience, a 7” Android Tablet, the epitome of mobility and a 10.1” Windows Tablet for the maximum of versatility in a tablet form factor. For the moment devices based on Sandy Bridge are not yet foreseen.

There you have it. I’m not questioning Acer here at all, nor the employee. In the end there’s usually enough truth to go around to all parts of these kind of remarks and statements. And by the way, does anybody not think that Netbooks are on the decline and we’ll see companies shifting resources away from them? Just asking.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

1 Comment

  1. VuLN

    01/20/2011 at 2:56 am

    Oh nice, thanks for your information!

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