Acer 7 and 10-inch tablets incoming

Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci (pictured) already let slip that Acer was moving into the market, but according to DigiTimes, Acer Android tablets are not far from hitting the shelves.

Engadget reports that the company will have two tablets on the market before the end of 2010, a 7-inch device and a 10-inch model, both ARM-based and running Android 2.2 at launch, complete with Flash support, as you might have worked out. Would have been nice to hear the phrase 'running Android 3.0', but that's looking more like a 2011 thing by the day.

Other details are still scarce, except for the rumours that Acer is looking to team up with mobile networks for its new devices - which indicates 3G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi when both models land. The model Gianfranco Lanci was originally pictured with seemed to have room for a 'hard' QWERTY keyboard. Be interesting to see if that's the way Acer goes, as opposed to the virtual keyboard.

No matter what it does, it's another entry into what is becoming a very hectic market. ASUS, Samsung and LG have already confirmed Android tablets in the coming months, with HP likely to bring out a Palm-based tablet, RIM offering a BlackBerry tablet and of course, Apple still shifting the daddy of them all, the iPad. All of which points to a buyer's market around Christmas.

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