Acer tipped to reveal tablet in New York tomorrow

Acer is expected to unveil a 10-inch IntelWindows 7 tablet PC at a press conference in New York tomorrow.

The Taiwanese company may also debut a 7-inch Android 2.2 (Froyo) model, according to Digitimes, which quoted Taiwan-based makers of notebooks and components as its sources.

According to the report, these sources also say there are two conflicting internal opinions at Acer HQ about the debut of Android tablet PCs.

The first camp believes the debut should be delayed until after Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and Honeycomb (Android 3.x) are launched. The second thinks that an early debut will help to compete with Samsung Electronics’ and Toshiba’s Galaxy Tab and Folio 100.

The report continued that its sources had indicated: “Viewing that Hewlett-Packard’s Slate 500 has not witnessed striking sales performance, Acer is expected not to focus its tablet PC business on Wintel models.”

And the fact that Acer has chosen New York for the event is seen as a clear signal that the company aims to challenge Apple for some global market share, especially in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Acer plans to invest $150 million in its second major Chinese operations centre in Chongqing – it already has a centre in Shanghai.