Acer aims for PC top spot in 2011
Acer hopes to overtake HP as the world’s biggest selling PC manufacturer next year, according to the Taiwanese company’s chief executive.
“If the mobile world continues to grow, we will necessarily replace HP as the world’s biggest computer-maker,” CEO Gianfranco Lanci told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung in an interview.
If the mobile world continues to grow, we will necessarily replace HP as the world’s biggest computer-maker
Acer has already secured the top spot in UK, where laptop sales have propelled it above the traditional PC giants HP and Dell. The company holds 22.4% of the UK market, according to Gartner, ahead of HP in second place with 20.5%.
Acer last week unveiled a dual-touchscreen laptop running Windows 7. The device doesn’t have a keyboard, but automatically produced a software keyboard when the user places their wrists on the lower screen.
Lanci also said the group would sell more than a million telephones this year. Acer entered the smartphone industry last year, aiming to reach 6% to 7% of the market in three to five years.
Its success has so far been very limited, but handset vendors are closely watching the PC vendors move into their marketplace.