Taiwanese PC giant Acer is said to be working with a number of top-tier manufacturers for a range of consumers gadgets including a new smartphone, e-book reader and tablet PC.

The report from Digitimes.com says the company is working with the likes of Quanta, Compal and Wistron – three of the major notebook manufacturers that produce most of the world’s notebooks.

Rumours are that Acer will showcase a tablet PC at the end of the month, most likely at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan.

However, CNet is reporting that Acer itself has scotched rumours that it would release a tablet with Google’s Chrome operating system at the Taiwan tradeshow next month. While Acer is said to be interested in Chrome, it is not planning any hardware release with Chrome in “the short term”.

Acer’s European division released a press statement earlier today that included:

Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google’s overall product strategy very closely.

With much work going into Google’s Android operating system, Chrome appears to be taking a back seat as the smartphone market heats up between Google and Apple’s iPhone.

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