Taiwanese PC manufacturer, Acer announced they will put off the launch of tablets running Microsoft’s new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft’s own Surface tablet fares.
The famous PC vendor initially planned to roll out Windows RT tablets based on ARM chips early next year. But the launch of Microsoft’s tablet recently and mixed reviews has drawn has made Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013.
Acer President Jim Wong said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a presentation of Acer’s new line of Windows 8 touchscreen notebooks and tablets. “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. Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2.”
Few months ago, Acer urged Acer’s primary software partner, Microsoft to focus on Windows 8 and pre-existing business arrangements instead of the potentially-risky product launch. They had already warned Microsoft to think twice about producing its own computers and this Surface tablet is likely to damage its MS Partner relationships.
Earlier Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft announced home-built Surface in the market for $499.