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Acer founder: poor sales no reason to give up tablets yet

updated 12:25 am EST, Mon December 26, 2011

Acer creator Shih expects tablets to stay

Acer shouldn't give up on its tablet business just because it's struggling at this stage, the company's founder Stan Shih remarked this weekend. He called the tough conditions "unavoidable" in Digitimes' account of the chat. The former executive likened it to teething troubles Acer had when it first dipped into notebooks, implying that Acer ultimately became a major contender by holding on to its strategy.

The company's plans to trim its PC line would help by eliminating overlap and focusing on those products that stood the best shot at being competitive, Shih added. Acer has said it would shift away from its longstanding attempt to get pure market share through budget PCs and instead focus more on quality.

Shih' talk has come as hints have emerged that Acer might trim its mobile divisions by moving some staff to more logical positions inside the company. Its initial hopes of stemming the iPad's effect with the Iconia Tab line have so far been muted, with NPD data showing it trailing in the US behind other Android supporters and, by extension, well behind Apple.

Acer is known to be planning a renewed tablet push at CES with quad-core tablets like the Iconia Tab A700 likely to show at the Las Vegas event.



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  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +4

    Bad accident that no one wants to stop and look

    Give it up.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    If it does not work....

    In the P0RN0 business, Viagra and d***** might work, but these idiots are trying to apply the same logic—throw in more cores and more RAM.

    It's not going to work at all. It will only increase the cost and reduce profit.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +6

    Stumbling blindly into the future

    Re: "The former executive likened it to teething troubles Acer had when it first dipped into notebooks, implying that Acer ultimately became a major contender by holding on to its strategy."

    Acer, like most computer companies, is driving into the future while looking through their rear-view mirrors. Focusing on the past. Hoping that past success can be repeated.

    Acer doesn't control their own destiny. They depend on Google not s******* up Android. They all depend on Apple to show the way because only Apple is looking forward. The rest all follow by looking backwards at what Apple has already done.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002

    -3

    We no crueress

    Ah-so...we no give up on tabret business just because you no buy. You think that because we make clappy computer that our tabret also clappy. We decide focus on qwarity. You buy Acer...make goodly cheep.

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