Acer is poised for domination of the netbook market,
after predicting a 40% rise in shipments of the portable PCs at a product
launch last week.
The computer and smartphone manufacturer is launching between
20 and 30 products this quarter, including a netbook PC with an 11.6-inch screen
– the largest notebook sold by a major vendor so far. It is also launching a
touch screen desktop PC.
Acer chairman J.T. Wang made his comments, the first
on the company’s outlook for the current quarter, at an event in Beijing. He predicted
that Acer’s shipments would grow by 25 to 30% from a year ago, fuelled by a 35
to 40% rise in portable PCs.
Earlier this month, Acer told Mobile it was launching its
first two smartphones in the UK
imminently, as it looked to make its mark as a phone manufacturer. Four more
handsets are planned for June, and another four for the second part of the
Wang said the company is now in discussions with
operators in China,
with plans to sell its phones there by the end of the year. He added that the
company expects to release third-generation netbooks globally by the end of the
year, and fourth generation models next year.
However, Acer also said last week that Google’s
Android system was not ready for use on netbooks, even though it will use the
operating system on a phone this year. The manufacturer’s rival,
Hewlett-Packard, has confirmed it is already testing Android on its netbooks.
Acer bought fellow Taiwanese manufacturer E-TEN in
March last year in a bid towards the mobile phone market. It released its mini
laptops in June 2008.
Acer shipped 32 million PC units last year, putting it
in the number three position, behind HP and Dell. However, it held the number
two position in the wider notebook market last year, with a 17.7% share
trailing behind HP but ahead of Dell, as it increased shipments by 39%.