The Taiwan based manufacturer outlined plans to build hardware across a number of CPU platforms, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel, the last one being noted as a “strategic play only” and connoting that with plans for a phablet.
On the phablet front, Acer did just announce the Liquid S1, an Android powered 5.2-inch device with MediaTek silicon inside. The mid-range device will be available later this year in Europe and parts of Asia. Also announced was the Acer Iconia W3, an 8-inch tablet running full Windows 8, available now for only $380 or so.
What could be missing from such a line-up? Well Acer is not abandoning Android by any means. The company is committed to continue delivering its vision on top of Android. However, in an effort to provide a unified experience across familiar hardware, Acer plans to deliver a Windows Phone to go with your new Iconia Windows tablet.
Specifications on such a device are not known, but it will certainly be an order of magnitude superior to the company’s last Windows device, the Allegro, which was announced back in 2011. Calling it a “strategic play,” the target for this device is sometime in the first half of 2014.
sources: Tweakers.net via WMPoweruser