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Tablet sales to see 'turning point' in 2013: Acer

Tablet sales to see 'turning point' in 2013: Acer

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Tablet computers will see "a turning point" in 2013, due to sliding costs, growing popularity and rapidly expanding sales, Acer Inc. Chairman J.T. Wang said Friday. With tablets' production costs touching a "magic number" and given their rising popularity, global sales of these portable devices are likely to reach 200 million units this year, Wang forecast on the sidelines of a forum on corporate social responsibility. "Acer can make use of this opportunity," he told reporters. The company forecast last week that its tablet computer shipments will grow 2.6 to 3 times sequentially during the current quarter, owing to strong demand for low-cost new models. For the whole of 2013, Acer has set its initial tablet shipment target at 5 million units, but aims to push the volume to 10 million, according to the Taipei-based company.
Asked if the "phablet" category, or mobile devices of 5 to 6 inches in size that bridge the smartphone and tablet segments, will take the spotlight off smartphones and tablets, Wang responded in the negative, adding that phablets are simply providing an alternative.
Compared with large shipments of smartphones and tablets worldwide, those for phablets "would post a small impact" on these two more popular products, the chairman said. As for the touch-enabled Windows 8 notebook computers, Wang expressed optimism, saying that the prices, shipments and popularity "will improve" during the second half of this year. (By James Lee)


Updated : 2021-06-16 10:04 GMT+08:00