PC makers might eventually quit the tablet market, as the rumor mill predicts, but they still have some fight in them yet. According to Digitimes, both Acer and Lenovo are cooking up tablets based on Google's Android 4.0 software, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, and Nvidia's new Tegra 3 processor.
The devices will reportedly be priced in the $459-599 range, which should pit them against Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The Prime offers the same hardware-software tag team and launched earlier this month at $500, though it's not available yet. (Amazon is currently taking pre-orders.) Word is that the Acer and Lenovo tablets will be out next quarter.
Interestingly, DigiTimes suggests that PC makers are mainly looking to save face in the tablet market—even if they can't match the sex appeal of Apple's iPad 2 or the low price of Amazon's Kindle Fire, they feel compelled to "defend their brands." We'll have to see how that works out for them. The site says its sources expect non-Apple tablets to account for "only 10-15%" of the total tablet market, though, and sales of current-gen, non-Apple devices have reportedly been underwhelming.
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