Acer, Lenovo Quad-Core Tablets Coming in Q1

These devices are expected to be in the range of $460 and $600, according to Digitimes, and are intended to be direct competition for Asus's EeePad Transformer Prime. However, it won't be plain sailing for the these tablet manufacturers. Digitimes sources are concerned as to how successful the tablets can be in a market where Apple and Amazon are believed to account for the lion's share. These sources said that non-Apple tablets may only account for 10 to 15 percent of the entire tablet market.

Additionally, though the excitement surrounding quad-core tablets is palpable, it is unclear just how much value a quad-core processor has in the tablet market, where hardware horsepower isn't as important as it is in a PC. Tablets have established a perception of 'good-enough' computing and consumers tend to care little about the RAM or the actual processor in such a device if it does not offer any useful application or advantages. Manufacturers such as Samsung, Asus, Acer and Lenovo will need to overcome this by establishing an experience perception and developing a marketing strategy that describes how the quad-core processor enables experience.

Hardware alone may not help Android tablet makers much. It is probably much more important to bring the price of Tegra 3 tablets down to the $300 mark as Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently predicted.

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  • arent the pc makers getting out of tablet business next year?
    so far only asus has released a competent android tablet - transformer. rest of them are too costly and not up to the task.
    pc makers are better off competing against the tablets with ultrabooks.
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  • de5_royarent the pc makers getting out of tablet business next year?so far only asus has released a competent android tablet - transformer. rest of them are too costly and not up to the task.pc makers are better off competing against the tablets with ultrabooks.


    Tablets, ultrabooks, laptops, netbooks, phones and desktops are all in their own category.
    One may argue Laptops, netbooks and ultrabooks are in the same category but they have their differences and are aimed at different markets.

    Back on topic now.. I can't wait to see some real performance measurements from these tablets, better yet some of the graphics this new Tegra 3 will be capable of (Besides that demo with the clown and ball)
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  • The hardware isn't what needs to be improved on modern tablets, it's the software and price holding them back. Aside from tech junkies like us, most people are not interested in spending $400-500 on a tablet that can't do the things a laptop at that price can.

    Google really needs to make some serious improvements to Android, and while Ice Cream Sandwhich should be a good improvement it may not be enough. These tablets need to prove they aren't just boardroom toys but can also be highly productive tools that can rival the productivity of a laptop.

    Until the software matures tablets will continue to be a difficult sell, no matter how many cores the processor has.
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