Acer working on an NVIDIA Tegra laptop
Acer is planning to launch a few new mobile computing products in the coming months. According to DigiTimes the company will launch:
- A notebook with a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor
- An ultrabook with an Intel chip
- New tablets running Google Android 3.2
The Android tablets and Intel-powered thin and light ultrabook are hardly surprising. But the NVIDIA Tegra laptop is a bit unusual. DigiTimes reports that it could hit the market in July. That means it will likely run Google Android or another Linux-based operating system since Windows 7 can’t run on devices with ARM-based processors.
Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 next year. That will be the first full desktop operating system from the company that is designed for low power ARM chips, and once it’s available I suspect we’ll see a number of companies releasing laptop, tablet, and possibly even desktop computers with chips from NVIDIA and other companies best known for making the processors that power smartphones.
If Acer really does plan to launch a Tegra-powered laptop this year, it looks like the company is hoping to be ahead of the curve… but it sounds like a gamble to me. While tablet computers running a variety of operating systems are starting to flood the market, it’s not clear if there’s much demand for laptops that don’t run Windows or OS X at this point.