Acer delays Windows RT tablets until Q2 2013

It's no secret that Acer doesn't like Microsoft entering into the PC hardware space with the Windows RT-based Surface tablet. That didn't stop Acer from launching a number of Windows 8-based PCs, including the thin and light Acer Aspire S7 notebook, shown above.

While Acer execs have said in the past it plans to launch its own Windows RT tablets, it appears that the launch of the Surface, and its $499 starting price point, has caused the company to delay those products until well into 2013.

Reuters reports that, according to Acer President Jim Wong, "Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don't think it will be earlier than Q2," He added, "Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn't stop, but we are much more cautious."

Wong indicated that Acer's plans for a Windows RT product will depend very much on the Surface launch, saying, "We are watching how Surface is doing ... How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, we don't know... We want to see."

Dell, Asus and Lenovo are all releasing their own Windows RT-based tablets this fall.

Source: Reuters | Image via Acer

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Acer need to get over Microsoft releasing hardware. Move on, make a better product, don't just whinge when you can't.

Go back to making monitors so I don't have to ever read about you again.

Nashy said,
Acer need to get over Microsoft releasing hardware. Move on, make a better product, don't just whinge when you can't.

Go back to making monitors so I don't have to ever read about you again.

I agree. Their Aspire notebooks are still using the same weak recessed hinge chassis design made by Compal that they were using nearly 4 years ago. Toshiba Satellite A series are made by Compal and they have weaknesses after 4 years of use, yet Dell laptops like the Inspiron 5150 was also made by Compal, designed by Dell, and that chassis, amongst many other Dells, were solid!

Acer's designers need to come up with something new, and switch to Clevo as the manufacturer, instead of poking fun at Microsoft because they used their initiative. I'm sick of repairing cheap Acer laptop junk with collapsed base plastics round the hinges, and cracks everywhere.

There's never any recalls because people just chuck em in the bin rather than complaining. Toshiba changed the chassis of Satellites after the A and L series, their modern ones are quite solid but still use horrid Apple style hinges.

Pfft. They haven't even released their Pro product yet the Iconia W700 and they are talking about RT devices. Run Acer run.

Relativity_17 said,
It's going to take them until April to copy the Surface?

The plastic version would come by April 2013, and the Magnesium version would come by April 2014.

Dot Matrix said,
And not one single tear was shed.

If it comes to market at some point it'll make the Surface look better in comparison and an increasing in the number of RT devices out there can't be bad.

I'm with Acer on this one. I don't know how much RT will be a success. Surface may be out of stock right now, but when people (less educated ones) realyse they can't run x86 apps, I wonder what the return rate will be.

I'd prefer to wait for a good Win8 tablet, not RT. It's too limited.

TruckWEB said,
I'm with Acer on this one. I don't know how much RT will be a success. Surface may be out of stock right now, but when people (less educated ones) realyse they can't run x86 apps, I wonder what the return rate will be.

I'd prefer to wait for a good Win8 tablet, not RT. It's too limited.

To be fair, you don't see people returning iPads because they can't run x86 OSX programs.

I agree with you - too limited for my needs, but for some it's perfect.

"Less educated" people and x86 apps? I see a contradiction already. I wonder why Microsoft invented metro apps...oh wait, it was invented for those dumb users!

TruckWEB said,
I'm with Acer on this one. I don't know how much RT will be a success. Surface may be out of stock right now, but when people (less educated ones) realyse they can't run x86 apps, I wonder what the return rate will be.

I'd prefer to wait for a good Win8 tablet, not RT. It's too limited.

So they mean they will wait for the free publicity and capitalize on the new demand. The Surface has sold out of pre-orders so there is some demand. They just need to make the product.

TruckWEB said,
I'm with Acer on this one. I don't know how much RT will be a success. Surface may be out of stock right now, but when people (less educated ones) realyse they can't run x86 apps, I wonder what the return rate will be.

I'd prefer to wait for a good Win8 tablet, not RT. It's too limited.


Surface has applications like your traditional tablet, and I haven't seen that result in the failure of the iPad yet. Windows 8 tablets will have x86 software, but honestly, I can't imagine myself using that software on a tablet. Plus I'd much rather take the longer battery life than desktop applications that aren't optimized for tablet use.

TruckWEB said,
I'm with Acer on this one. I don't know how much RT will be a success. Surface may be out of stock right now, but when people (less educated ones) realyse they can't run x86 apps, I wonder what the return rate will be.

I'd prefer to wait for a good Win8 tablet, not RT. It's too limited.

As others have said, no one returns iPads because they cant run fully fledged software designed for OSx or windows, the initial wave of folks buying will be techy anyway, also the store is filling up nicely (did you see the BUILD keynote?)

brent3000 said,
Back to the drawing board it seem for the Acer R&D team,

Thats exactly what MS wanted from these manufacturers. MS was showing the companies that with Surface their Win 8/RT products need to be "atleast this good", they set the bar, and showed that companies like Acer cant keep pumping out the same old junk.

Now acer seem to be delaying products to improve the designs. So Acer are actually doing exactly what MS planned.

Hmm... intelligent decision to go back to the drawing board. They knew they couldn't compete with Surface.

FMH said,
Hmm... intelligent decision to go back to the drawing board. They knew they couldn't compete with Surface.

acer is competing with the surface. the W510 comes out next friday for $500, has win8 pro, atom, and an IPS display. they should just forget RT/tegra 3. unless they are planning to release a $400 RT device.

Gabe3 said,

acer is competing with the surface. the W510 comes out next friday for $500, has win8 pro, atom, and an IPS display. they should just forget RT/tegra 3. unless they are planning to release a $400 RT device.

Hmmm... per Newegg, the w510 will be $599 w. No keyboard and $749 with

BigBoy said,

Hmmm... per Newegg, the w510 will be $599 w. No keyboard and $749 with


the 32gb version is $499. no keyboard dock included. I'll probably get the $13 apple clone bluetooth keyboard on amazon and some case for the tablet that has a stand. I don't need an extra battery and just need a keyboard when I'm at my desk.

Gabe3 said,

acer is competing with the surface. the W510 comes out next friday for $500, has win8 pro, atom, and an IPS display. they should just forget RT/tegra 3. unless they are planning to release a $400 RT device.

Acer is competing with Surface Pro, but not Surface RT. They won't be releasing an ARM-based Windows 8 device any time soon.