Acer may end up with a rather large increase in terms of tablet shipments during the remainder of the year. According to a recent report, Acer may end up shipping a total of 10 million tablets in 2013. This includes a mix of Android and Windows tablets, however the Android side is the larger of the two groups. Assuming Acer meets the 10 million number for the year, that would mean a 400 percent year on year increase.
The details are coming by way of a recent DigiTimes report which notes that this will be “due to strong demand for entry-level tablets.” Which probably goes to say that people are simply willing to buy a tablet based on price as opposed to specs and/or reviews. This unfortunately isn’t coming by way of Acer, but instead by way of unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain. Breaking this 10 million up, the report is showing Acer as possibly shipping 7 million Android and 3 million Windows tablet.
It was said that Acer is currently shipping about 200,000 to 300,000 of the Iconia B1-A71 tablets on a monthly basis. The B1-A71 is the tablet that was introduced back in early-January. The tablet is selling for $150 and brings specs to include a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage and Jelly Bean.
Looking forward though, Acer is also expected to launch an 8-inch and 10-inch tablet in the “near future.” These additional models are said to be heading towards the entry-level market. These tablets are expected to debut at $150 (8-inch) and $200 (10-inch) and arrive with a price cut on the existing 7-inch model. That one is expected to drop into the $130 range. Whether or not Acer actually ends up shipping 7 million Android tablets this year remains to be seen, however with price points ranging from $130 up to $200 — that should certainly help out.[via DigiTimes]