Acer to launch 1st gaming tablet
Acer has begun production of its first gaming tablet equipped with an Intel Atom Z8700 processor and 8-inch touch screen for launch in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Although the gaming tablet is only expected to achieve limited sales, Acer is looking to raise its recognition in the gaming market via the device.Demand for tablets has been dropping rapidly and Digitimes Research expects brand and white-box tablets to both suffer from over 10% on-year declines in 2015. To differentiate from other tablet devices, Asustek Computer has recently started promoting its ZenPads’ ability to watch TV programs.In April, Acer announced plans to release a series of gaming products under the Predator brand, and one of the products is the gaming tablet.So far, the tablet market has a limited number of gaming devices, the most known being Nvidia’s Shield. The Shield was launched in 2013, featuring a 5-inch or 8-inch display. Nvidia rumored to be planning to release a second-generation Shield in the second half, using its Tegra X1 processor.Acer CEO Jason Chen previously noted that gaming products, Chromebooks and 2-in-1 devices will be the key focuses of the company in 2015. The company’s Predator G6-series gaming desktop, which was unveiled at Gamescom, will become available worldwide in September.