Acer delays Windows RT tablet

There are a couple of Windows RT devices out there right now, and more are on the way. Acer won’t be throwing its hat into the ring until later than expected, though. Mixed reviews of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet have reportedly made Acer delay plans to release its own device based on the operating system. Reuters has the scoop straight from Acer President Jim Wong, who says the company initially intended to release a WinRT system very early next year but will now wait until at least the second quarter.

In the meantime, Acer plans to continue developing its Windows RT tablet. It has “many questions to address with regards to manufacturing and pricing,” Reuters says, and I’m not surprised. A couple of weeks ago, Asus’ VivoTab RT was set to sell for $599, plus $199 for the optional keyboard dock. Asus is now throwing in the keyboard for free, although that appears to be a limited-time offer. That last-minute deal is likely a response to the Surface RT, which sells for $499 and has keyboard accessories in the $120-130 range.

Acer has been critical of Microsoft’s decision to compete with hardware makers by selling its own tablets, and the Surface RT’s low price appears to be a particular sore point. I guess Acer had planned to sell its own Windows RT tablet for more than $499. Wong also seems to express some doubt about whether Windows RT will catch on, noting that Acer will be watching how aggressively Microsoft promotes the operating system and how consumers respond to it. WinRT’s lack of x86 application support is a significant limitation that may relegate the OS to niche status.

Acer does have a number of new tablets designed to run Windows 8, and one of them is poised to compete with Windows RT devices; Newegg already has a pre-order listing for the W510-1666, a 10.1″ tablet that boasts a Clover Trail Atom CPU, a 1366×768 display resolution, and 64GB of flash storage. The $599 asking price doesn’t appear to include the optional keyboard dock, which isn’t listed at Newegg just yet.

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    • SsP45
    • 7 years ago

    I wonder what’s happened to Acer’s Ivy Bridge Windows 8 tablets, the W700 series. I’ve been trying to find one, only to see either Sold Out or Pre-Order everywhere I look. As far as I can tell, Acer never delayed their October 26th release date, so I’m not sure why the tablets are so scarce.

      • mutarasector
      • 7 years ago

      I’ve been wondering the same thing about Asus’s 13.3″ (Taichi.31) model. The 11.6″ (Taichi 21) is due out shortly, but lately I’ve heard nothing about the 31 model.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    Acer dont want to be a victim of the “Zune effect”, or the windows phone.

    Microsoft ‘copy’ Apple success, only to fail, no matter if the product is better.

    Acer want to see if RT will have software for it.
    So far Acer see that their is no developer interest in the platform.
    Wasn’t it facebook that said that they wont make any client for Windows RT?

    So RT might be faced with just clones of android apps… not an exciting future.

    Maybe if Microsoft was a bit bold and didn’t charge developers 30% of their revenue for the right to publish their work on the Surface, more would come.

    If MS would make the windows Store have reasonable fees, like $100 to list an app.
    Now they want $8000 for the first 5000 downloads (For a $4.99 apps),
    and it goes up the more popular it is.

    So developers get penalized for making RT as success… Smart move MS.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      no developer interest? which store had 10,000 aps first week?

      and the price goes down the more popular it is. once you reach a certain threshold, the cut goes to 20%. man, get your facts straight.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Delete; somehow managed to double-post.

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      It happened to me in another post, but I let both posted so techreport can notice the problem. Pressed once the submit and got the post twice.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Acer has been critical of Microsoft's decision to compete with hardware makers by selling its own tablets, and the Surface RT's low price appears to be a particular sore point.[/quote<] Balmer suggested almost a year ago that W8 tablets would be $300-$700 and that the ARM-based RT versions would be at the low-end of that price range. If these idiots are trying to sell us ARM tablets with BOM costs of less than $250, I don't think the SurfaceRT is anything for them to moan at when it costs $599 with a keyboard. Consumers are going to get annoyed with the large-corporation pricetags when the budget brands like Huweii start making similar-spec products for $149.

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    The thing with Win RT is that it needs more NAND,more RAM and the software costs way too much..Overall it makes 10 inch tablets uncompetitive. Win 8 adds even more to the cost.
    Then there is another big problem that everybody is missing for now.There are no smaller Win RT tablets and for a reason.The price premium is still there,just in a bigger way and the keyboards become too small. It would be hard to even match the ipad mini (a M$ made surface could but they would have to take a hit on margins and it’s still not even close to 200$).
    To make Win 8 tablets competitive someone,the OEMs or M$, must take a hit and make no money at all for 10 inchers and as you go down in size things get even more complicated.That just can’t work in the real world.
    We can hope that Google pushes harder for tablets and laptops/convertibles or maybe someone new would still have a chance but no way M$ model can work.

      • moog
      • 7 years ago

      This is a problem: someone must “make no money at all”

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Makes sense. Remember, this is a new platform with Windows branding slapped on it.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Headline should read:

    Acer QQ’s more about WinRT tablet pricing

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      They’re as annoying as valve with their whining.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    By releasing their own WinRT tablet FIRST, Microsoft killed its own ecosystem.

      • OU812
      • 7 years ago

      So you believe that ACER makes great products when in actually most of their products were cheaply made.

      If Microsoft killed off low end bottom scrapers who make cheap junk then kudos to them as by doing so raised the bar in quality.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      I dunno about that. The pricing for the Asus product just isn’t in-line with the market: $600+199 for an RT tablet and a dock accessory that basically makes it an ultrabook, but without the x86 support?

      The higher end x86 stuff will sell because businesses will pick it up in order to have a unified software ecosystem. But consumers who want tablets already have dozens of options from $200-$800, and so far, the RT tablets are attempting to break into a new marketspace while occupying iPad price territory. Not. Going. To. Happen. The included Office H&S is a reasonable selling point but these things need to e hitting it out of the park in the under-$500 range. If you’re going to spend more than that, then it’s either an x86 tablet, or an iPad.

      Hopefully Acer figures that out before releasing their product. They’re fully capable of releasing a $399 RT tablet, and if they do, I predict brisk sales.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      I see what you did there.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

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          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

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            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            And these are bonus -1’s!

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

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          • ronch
          • 7 years ago

          Pretty exciting, huh?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

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            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

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            • 7 years ago

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            • 7 years ago

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            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

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