Details are few on Acer's Android tablet

Acer shows a prototype device but doesn't say much other than that it will run Android and be ready by the end of the year.

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Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci shows off a prototype 7-inch Android tablet Thursday in Beijing. Shufflegazine

Acer says it has a tablet in the works, but it won't be ready for several months.

At an event in Beijing Thursday, Acer Chairman and CEO Gianfranco Lanci demonstrated a few forthcoming Acer gadgets including a tablet running Android, according to reports. The details on the tablet are few so far: it has a 7-inch screen and appears to have a physical keyboard similar to Amazon's Kindle.

Lanci did not announce a price, but said it would go on sale sometime between October and December. There could also be the option of 3G service: Lanci made a somewhat cryptic comment that wireless operators would be an "obvious" channel through which to sell the tablet.

Dell is pursuing a similar tactic. On Tuesday it announced the 5-inch Android-based Streak tablet, which it is selling through O2, a wireless carrier in the U.K., starting next month.

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