Acer is introducing three new tablet computers two of which will be  powered by Google’s Android operating system. The new tablet computers will come in 7″ and 10.1″ models, with one model in the 10.1″ size being powered by Microsoft Windows operating system. The one question that everyone is asking is whether Acer can challenge Apple’s iPad tablet which currently commands 95% of the tablet market?

In a recent article it states that:

“This is a market that’s still not fully known, not fully satisfied,” said Jim Wong, Acer’s head of information technology products, at the event. The company expects 40 million to 50 million tablets will be sold worldwide next year, and Acer aims to take about 10 percent of the market, he said.

Acer joins a field dominated by Apple, which had a 95 percent share of the tablet market last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung Electronics Co. recently released its Galaxy Tab and RIM plans to release its 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook next quarter.

“It’s a wide-open market and an opportunity for Acer to make itself better known to a North American market,” said Roger Entner, head of telecom research at Nielsen Co.

Hedging Bets

Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci may be trying to hedge his bets by releasing devices in different sizes. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said last month that devices like the PlayBook are “dead on arrival“ because they are too small to compete with the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen.

The two Android tablets will be available in April and the Microsoft device will go on sale in February. All three will offer Wi-Fi connectivity and allow users to surf the Internet using a 3G connection. Wong said the tablets would likely be in the previously stated range of $299 to $699.

Pricing for the new tablets should make them an attractive alternative to the Apple iPad. But will this be enough to take on Apple? It seems to me that Acer and others are going to have an uphill battle trying to dethrone the number one tablet. Apple has also announced a second model of their popular tablet computer, also to be introduced in April 2011.

The good news for us consumers is that as more tablet computers are introduced into the market place, prices are sure to drop. 🙂

What do you think? Would you consider a tablet running Android or Windows over the popular Apple iPad?

Comments welcome.

Source – Bloomberg Businessweek