Acer not dropping netbooks: Rumors wrong

Here at OSM we like to bring you news and speculation/rumors about the latest tech devices but sometimes, just sometimes, these rumors are wrong. In the last day or so there were widespread rumors on various tech sites (not this one), that Acer intended to pull out of the netbook market and focus on new tablets instead but it now appears this rumor was unfounded.

The rumor started when a sales manager (who has remained nameless), said that because of the growing popularity of tablets Acer would gradually withdraw from the netbook game according to a report in Computer World. Kenneth Butler over on Laptop Mag reports that the sales manager implied this move could begin as early as this year when new tablets featuring Sandy Bridge processors and Android OS were released.

However Butler now confirms this rumor was wrong and an official Acer announcement reads, “Acer Inc. confirms that the company will not phase out netbooks in favor of tablets.” The statement also dispelled the idea that Acer tablets with Sandy Bridge processors were on their way saying, “For the moment devices based on Sandy Bridge are unforeseen.”

At OSM we recently posted an article about the impact of tablets and gaming consoles upon sales of PCs but it appears that, for now at least, Acer netbooks are not about to fade away. Fanny Liu and Aries Poon on The Wall Street Journal also write about this and quote the Acer statement as saying that tablets “will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over.”

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that Acer is being overly-optimistic about the future of netbooks and notebooks or maybe you think there will always be a market for traditional PCs? Let us have your comments please.