updated 08:35 am EDT, Mon July 25, 2011
Acer tablets to drop from 800K to 400K
Unofficial sources claimed Monday that Acer's tablet shipments were dropping substantially in the summer. After official estimates of 800,000 in the summer, industry contacts now alleged Acer was due to ship no more than 300,000 to 400,000 Iconia Tabs over the same period. About 130,000 of those would be the seven-inch A100, Digitimes heard, as Acer geared up for the Android 3.2 device's September release.
The information isn't confirmed but would come after Acer had already cut its shipment targets from an original five million to seven million down to no more than three million. Shipments had only started in spring and could leave Acer with a smaller piece of the market than it had in the spring. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now likely to be the top non-Apple tablet on the market.
Lowered goals could lead to the iPad gaining or holding on to more share given that most competitors are believed to be dropping their targets.
In the meantime, the company's upcoming ultrabook for December is now expected to carry a premium. Much like the MacBook Air it's targeted against, the system is now believed to cost over $1,000 and focus on the same premium segment as Apple. When it ships, it could outpace the Mac with a boot time as quick as six seconds and Internet access in 2.5 seconds.
In spite of months of losing computer share, notebooks may be Acer's best chance. The insiders believed shipments from Acer's primary contractor Compal would grow five to ten percent in the summer. Acer has officially said it had cleared a backlog of unsold notebooks in the spring.