Exclusive: Acer Tegra 3 Android tablet rumours confirmed

New Acer quad-core tablet confirmed for 2012

Acer has confirmed plans to follow hot on the heels of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime with their own Tegra 3 powered, Android quad-core tablet set to launch sometime in 2012.

Acer’s President Jim Wong today confirmed to T3 that we will be seeing a Tegra 3 powered quad-core Android tablet from the makers of the Iconia Tab in 2012.

Speaking exclusively to T3.com at Acer’s Taiwan development headquarters, Mr Wong confirmed that leaks spilt onto the web in recent days are accurate and Acer will quickly follow ASUS in launching an Android-based Tegra 3 quad-core tablet.

“Acer was the first to follow Motorola with a Honeycomb tablet in 2011 after the launch of the XOOM and we intend to remain very aggressive on that front," said Mr Wong.

"You may have seen some leaked stories in the media relating to Acer launching a new quad-core tablet and I can confirm these stories are true.”

The arrival of Acer’s follow up to the Iconia Tab appears to quash rumours that they were considering ditching the Android OS but the Acer president was quick to affirm the company's plans to pursue both the Windows and Android OS:

“Tablets are a very important category to expand our business. We are the only company selling Windows 7 tablets in volume and next year we will continue to do the same thing with second generation windows tablets on the way in addition to our Android tablets.”

Acer wouldn’t confirm the exact details of the incoming tablet but it's likely to follow the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime in running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch this space for more info when we have it.

In terms of launch dates, we're likely to see the new device unveiled at either CES in January or Mobile World Congress in February alongside the new additions to the tablet shelf from Samsung and Lenovo.