The surge of tablets predicted to follow the release of the iPad has yet to manifest, but that doesn't mean they're not being developed. Acer is one of the countless manufacturers looking to stake a claim in the emerging segment, having already unveiled an e-reader and expressing interest in building slates that use Google's mobile operating system.

According to a report by DigiTimes, the Taiwanese firm is preparing to release at least two tablets in the fourth quarter of this year. Details are scant, but they supposedly measure 7 and 10 inches, run Android 2.2, support Adobe Flash, and have some multimedia entertainment features.

Other specifications are unknown, but they're likely to be familiar. There are several 1GHz ARM processors to choose from, and it will need at least 8GB of internal flash memory to compete with the iPad. Acer is also in talks with mobile telecom companies, suggesting the devices will support mobile broadband.