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Acer already upping tablet shipments to make up for netbooks

updated 11:10 pm EDT, Mon April 11, 2011

Acer boosts tablet shipments for April

Acer is already optimistic enough about its Iconia Tab launches that it's increasing production, part suppliers said late Monday. Although it was conservative when it first made orders in March, Acer has supposedly bumped the order dramatically to between 500,000 and 800,000 tablets. About 400,000 to 600,000 of those would be the 10-inch A500 models where the rest would be seven-inch designs.

The Taiwan firm is hoping mostly to compete with non-Apple tablet makers like HP, Motorola, and RIM. It hoped to make carrier-friendly versions for both AT&T and Verizon that would eat into sales of the Xoom.

The company is also beginning to accept the state of netbooks and is ramping down orders, the suppliers explained. Tablets would help make up for the difference.

Acer hasn't confirmed the production switch but has undergone an almost immediate, public transformation since forcing out its old CEO Gianfranco Lanci. Where Lanci's lead had mostly seen the company deny any iPad effect even as its notebook PC sales kept dropping, the new structure has seen it focus on mobile. It already achieved a first for Android 3.0 by pricing the Iconia Tab A500 Wi-Fi below the iPad 2 where Motorola, Samsung, and others have either priced their tablets similarly or even higher.

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  1. Foe Hammer

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    Some Competition!

    "The Taiwan firm is hoping mostly to compete with non-Apple tablet makers like HP, Motorola, and RIM."

    In other news, Hunts is hoping to mostly compete with non-Heinz ketchup makers like Red Gold, Stokely, and Del Monte.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    So Acer ordered enough tablets

    to sell for the remainder of the calendar year...

  1. dliup

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    And only 100,000 will be sold.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    Note to Microsoft...

    Note to Microsoft senior executives:

    It seems that it was actually "netbooks" that were the "fad"!

  1. chippie

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    Sad! Sad! Sad! Someone Please Hire Some 8th

    graders to run the worlds computer companies or let them run on osmosis. What a bunch of wacks currently running them. The only problem with netbooks and lower priced ultra-portables (11.6") is that the companies stopped upgrading them when the ipad came out. There is still a huge market for netbooks and lower priced ultra-portables if they continue to innovate. Just because kiwis are popular doesn't mean people no longer eat oranges and bananas. And Why? Oh Why can't these companies create, manufacture, market and sell a @$%*& tablet? Honestly, this isn't deep space rocket science or anything near it. I am getting so bored with these half baked companies that I am seriously ready to start building my own. What a--wipes! And I refuse to have apple as my one and only sole choice.

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