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Acer features new Ultrabook at U.S. tech fair

Acer features new Ultrabook at U.S. tech fair

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Acer Inc. unveiled a 13.3-inch Ultrabook Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the United States in an attempt to make the ultra-thin and light laptops into mainstream notebook products. The Aspire S5, which is only 15 mm thick and 1.35 kg in weight, will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012 as the latest addition to Acer's Ultrabook line. "The Ultrabook is much more than just a product segment," said Acer President Jim Wong in a statement. "It's a new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family," he added. Acer also unveiled its new Aspire Timeline Ultra notebook, which is 20 mm and boasts a battery life of up to eight hours. It will be available in the first quarter of this year, according to Acer. The company said that from the second quarter of 2012, all Acer consumer PCs will be bundled with AcerCloud services, which will allow users to synchronize photos, media and documents across various Acer products and platforms. In addition, Acer introduced three new tablet computers running on Google Inc.'s Android software and two smartphones, as part of its commitment to the two markets. The new Iconia Tab A700 uses the next-generation Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processors and a 10.1-inch display, while the cheaper A200 is powered by the Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Following these product displays, investment bank Barclays Capital has maintained a rating of "Neutral" on Acer and a target price of NT$45 (US$1.49) due to the company's high exposure in Ultrabooks. "We believe (Ultrabooks) should account for 25 percent to 35 percent of its total notebook shipments this year, same as Acer's guidance," the bank said in a research note. Barclays predicted that Acer's sales revenue in the first quarter will be down 10 percent to 15 percent quarter-on-quarter, slightly better than industry average, while its operating profit margin will remain flat from the previous quarter on normal seasonal sales declines. Shares of Acer closed higher 4.1 percent at NT$39.35 Monday. Officially scheduled for Jan. 10-13, the CES will showcase pivotal tech inventions with a focus on Ultrabook laptops. More than 2,700 exhibitors have registered to the event in Las Vegas and it is expected to attract 140,000 industry professionals from 140 countries, according to the organizers. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-23 19:43 GMT+08:00