Acer Delays Windows RT Tablets

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Taiwanese company Acer has delayed launching tablets that run on Microsoft Windows RT.  This way Acer can monitor how well Microsoft’s own Surface tablets go.  Acer is the number 4 PC vendor based on shipments.  Acer’s Windows RT tablets is based on ARM Chips earlier next year.

The problem for Acer is that Microsoft’s tablets were released last week and it had mixed reviews.  This is why Acer is taking a wait-and-see approach until Q2 2013.

“Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious,” stated Acer President Jim Wong in an interview with Reuters today.  “Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2.”

Microsoft officially announced the Surface on in July 2012.  About a week later Acer CEO J.T. Wang said that the Surface tablet would be a “negative impact for the ecosystem” of computers.

After rivals like Lenovo and Asustek unveiled that their Windows RT tablets were starting at $599, Microsoft came out of left-field and announced the $499 Surface.

“I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do,” added Mr. Wong. “We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don’t know… We want to see.”