Acer preps 7-inch Android slate for fourth quarter


— 9:01 AM on May 27, 2010

Apple's iPad has iPhone OS, and HP's upcoming slate has webOS. For similar devices from other hardware makers without the same software chops, Google's Android is starting to seem like the weapon of choice. The folks at Shufflegazine say that earlier today, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci briefly demonstrated a 7" tablet based on Google's mobile platform.

The tablet is reportedly scheduled for a launch some time in the fourth quarter. Shufflegazine snapped a pretty decent photo showing a Kindle-style hardware keyboard, a black, iPad-style display frame, and a color screen. The device "looked pretty fast with sensitive touch when Lanci used it." You'll have to use your imagination to fill in other details like pricing and specifications, because Lanci stayed mum about those.

When discussing how the device will hit the market, however, Lanci reportedly said Acer has "not decided between traditional channels or operators." This slate may show up either as a standalone retail product or as a carrier-bound device with a data plan, in other words.

Acer isn't the only one with an Android tablet in the works. Asus recently confirmed that its first iPad competitor, the Eee Pad, will run the Google software. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

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