Acer has been showing off a 7 inch Android tablet called the Acer Iconia Tab A100 for months, but it looks like the company is finally ramping up production and getting ready to ship the tablet. According to DigiTimes Acer will get about 30,000 units from Compal Electronics this month. That’s the Taiwanese device maker that’s manufacturing the tablet for Acer. In th enext few months the number should jump to 100,000.
DigiTimes also says that Acer will launch its first “ultrabook” models in the fourth quarter of the year. Intel coined the term to describe a new class of thin and light laptops with the latest Intel processors and price tags lower than $1000.
Acer has been releasing laptops with 9 to 12 inch displays for years, and whether the term ultrabook sticks or not, I suspect they’ll continue to release thin and light notebook models for the foreseeable future. But one feature I hadn’t heard before is that the Acer ultrabooks will reportedly boot in just six seconds and connect to the internet in as little as 2.5 seconds. Either DigiTimes is confusing ultrabooks with Chromebooks (laptops that run Google’s Chrome operating system), or Intel, Acer, and possibly Microsoft are working on some serious improvements in boot speed.