Acer says netbooks are here to stay

Yesterday, we quoted reports suggesting that Acer would be replacing its netbook lineup with next-gen Sandy Bridge x86 tablets. Acer’s official response?

“We will not phase out netbooks in favor of tablets,” an Acer rep told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

“Mobility, which has always been part of Acer’s DNA, finds a new form of expression in the range of tablets on offer, which feature various display sizes and models designed to fit different kinds of usage scenarios.”

However, the spokesperson conceded that the computer market was clearly undergoing a paradigm shift.

“[Yes], PCs are no longer only used to create content but are more and more becoming consumption tools, new devices and new form factors are appearing.

“This means the range of devices available to users is getting wider and tablets are just another piece of the mosaic. Therefore, they will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks.”

Acer’s nascent tablet lineup currently includes a 10.1″ Android device, a 7″ Android unit, and a 10.1″ Windows system. [[Acer]]