Acer launched quite a number of Android tablets and smartphones in 2011. Unfortunately, they weren't as highly sought after as its competitors, leading to rumors that the Taiwanese company might bow out of the tablet and smartphone race. The company's founder Stan Shih has since dispelled that rumor, stating that Acer will continue with its tablet and smartphone efforts.
Shih admitted that both markets haven't been friendly on the company, but reiterates that back when the company just entered the notebook market, it faced all sorts of challenges and managed to pull through with persistence.
While Acer won't be looking at downsizing its personnel, the company intends to take a more conservative stance for its product portfolio. With fewer models planned for 2012, Acer is hoping to take on a quality over quantity approach. This is definitely in line with its CEO JT Wang's earlier comments of having higher-margin and higher-quality products under the Acer name.
Acer is expected to release a new Iconia Tab tablet powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor very soon, and we might get a glimpse of it at CES 2012.