Acer downplays slate cannibalization of notebooks

Is the iPad diverting that many sales away from regular notebooks? According to Best Buy, definitely. Listening to Intel, not so much. A third party has now weighed in on the issue: Acer chairman JT Wang, whom DigiTimes quotes as saying the "competitive impact of iPad upon notebooks is not as serious as many people have imagined."

The way Wang sees it, slates in general will create a new market without displacing existing ones. The executive says demand for netbooks in particular has remained stable outside of the U.S. and United Kingdom, and folks who own iPads are "still using traditional notebooks for document or chart processing." Wang went on to pin Acer’s shrinking U.S. market share on its unwillingness to partake in a recent price war.

Now, that’s not to say Acer doesn’t have some slates of its own in the works. Wang didn’t express any urgency, however, stating that "many related technologies" still aren’t mature enough, and Acer is "not in [sic] hurry to be the first to launch." Although the statement is short on details, I would guess Wang is referring at least in part to Android 3.0, which is due next year and will feature proper slate support. Google has gone on record saying the current Android release, version 2.2, isn’t ready for slate devices.

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    • Laykun
    • 9 years ago

    I’d rather have a laptop with a detachable display that acts as a touch interface when detached that uses wireless LVDS / wireless HDMI to interface with the laptop. That way I still have a powerful laptop which I can use for work and gaming with a keyboard and mouse, but I could have a light weight large high resolution slate device that I can use when I just want to lounge (but don’t want my legs burnt to a crisp by a laptop). Imagine a slate device with the power of a high end laptop, 1920×1080 and decent battery life? You could even use a wireless HDMI interface to stream audio to your detachable screen so you might even be able to plug headphones into it to consume audio wirelessly.

    Pros :

    *Have you cake and eat it too

    Cons:

    *Have to be within proximity of your Notebook.

    *Would require an extra battery in screen increasing weight of overall notebook.

    I think this is where both the notebook and slate worlds could meet. I’ve been considering a slate device till I asked myself “wait, doesn’t my laptop already do all that a slate does?”. The answer is yes my laptop does and more often than not it does it better (Dell Studio XPS 16) the only thing it doesn’t do is touch, battery life and form factor.

    • hubick
    • 9 years ago

    In addition to Android 3, I think they are likely also waiting for Intel Oak Trail:

    §[<http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/23/msi-waiting-on-intel-oak-trail-for-win-7-tablet-android-version/<]§

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 9 years ago

    The Best Buy guy was wrongly quoted.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Questioning the internets?!? HE’S A WITCH!

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    since i’m first, all you geeks are going to read this 😛

      • Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Well I’m not. Oh sh–

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