Acer is shaking up its internal product development divisions, with a stronger focus on tablets being one of the primary goals of the reorganization. Acer’s current configuration features two divisions: IT and smartphone. The IT division produces notebooks and netbooks, as well as tablets. With Acer’s bread and butter being its netbook and notebook lines, shifting tablets to a new area will allow Acer to develop the devices without them being under the shadow of Acer’s production staples.
The new plan has notebooks and netbooks being one division, while tablets are paired in a division with smartphones. Acer presently has other internal changes going on, the largest of which is the appointment of new corporate president Jim Wong. Demonstrating the increased attention being given to tablets, Wong will come in as both president of the company and head of the tablet-smartphone division.
Acer’s official statement on its internal affairs contradictorily explained the company’s upcoming tablet approach: “Acer will aggressively yet cautiously develop data-consumption products, tablet PCs and smartphones based on the solid foundation of the main PC business.” Acer already has one known line of tablets in the pipeline that it can continue to aggresi-cautiously develop.
The Iconia line features a selection of devices, all envisioned prior to Acer having a (nearly) tablet focused division. There’s the Iconia W500, Acer’s business-minded convertible tablet. There are also several Android devices, like the 4G Iconia A501, the recently released Wi-Fi A500, and the dual-screen Windows 7 Iconia-6120.
With Acer being so productive without actively driving tablet development, it will be both potentially exciting and potentially terrifying to see what the company does with a more devoted division.