Acer 'phasing out netbooks' with tablets this year

Acer is making a big push to carve a spot out for itself in the tablet market with the expected launch of up to three tablet PCs by mid-year.

Acer is making a big push to carve a spot out for itself in the tablet market with the expected launch of up to three tablet PCs by mid-year.

Powered by Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors and running on Android (version still unknown - let's hope for some Honeycomb), we should be seeing 7- and 10-inch slates from Acer by summer.

It also looks like we can start saying goodbye to Acer netbooks. According to Computerworld, Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian said, "they are aimed at phasing out netbooks," although we'll still see simple models over the next few years.

Could this be the end of netbooks? That's hard to tell considering many people still like the notion of a physical keyboard, but then again, there are always keyboard accessories that one can tote along when needed.

Are you ready to trade your netbook in for a tablet?

[Note: The tablet pictured above is Acer's Windows 7-based version expected to drop in February.]