ago, if any single analyst, professional, or
journalist in the consumer IT space were to predict that Acer Inc. would
acquire the top spot for the largest mobile PC market share before the end of
the decade, the statement would be mildly objected, possibly disputed, with a curious
demand for statistical evidence at best.
Yesterday, the company’s experienced chairman JT Wang
positively exclaimed to the press that Acer looks to comfortably achieve its
netbook shipments goal of more than 30 million units before the end of 2009 and
an unprecedented goal of becoming the number one mobile PC vendor in the world
in 2010. To achieve this, the company is confident in shipping out over 40
million netbook and notebook devices next year, which would ultimately raise
its total revenue by 15-percent.
While such a task may seem honorably courageous and plausible
for the company’s motivated product managers and executive officials, it is
important to note that Hewelett Packard, the current number one player in
mobile shipments, also plans to cross the 40 million units mark in 2010. Chairman
Wang certainly realizes this fact, however, and has told reporters that Acer
intends to focus its efforts in surpassing HP on shipments of medium-size,
ultra-low voltage (ULV) netbooks rather than larger power-hungry notebooks.
This is not to say that the company won’t be releasing any
new notebook models, as we are quite familiar and certainly enthusiastic about its
upcoming Windows 7-equipped Aspire Timeline capacitive multi-touch tablet
models – particularly the Aspire 1420P, Aspire 1820PT and Packard Bell
Butterfly Touch – releasing sometime in the next few weeks. (see here
Earlier in the year, Taiwanese sources indicated that the
company forecasted its 2010 notebook sales to reach between 33 million and 37
million units. However, a very strong second quarter has given the company
positive reassurance that it can achieve a resounding 40 million units to start
off the new decade.
At the same time, Acer expects that its competition with HP
will ultimately create a wider shipment gap between the two companies in
relation to Dell, which has been third-ranked since last quarter. Acer intends
to hold its quarterly investors conference tomorrow to discuss the matters at