Computer giant Acer launches mobile phones in Asia

Apr 22, 2009
A man browses through the Acer M900 smartphone during its launch in Singapore. Taiwan-based computer giant Acer launched a series of advanced mobile phones for the Asia-Pacific region, ramping up its expansion into the wireless communication market.

Taiwan-based computer giant Acer on Wednesday launched a series of advanced mobile phones for the Asia-Pacific region, ramping up its expansion into the wireless communication market.

Company executives said Acer was banking on its experience as a leading computer brand to gain a share of the lucrative market for "smartphones" -- feature-packed devices with multi-media functions including .

The unveiling of the products here will be followed by similar launches in Southeast , Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Australia and China, they said.

It came two months after the company announced a move into the in February at an industry event in Barcelona.

Best known for its laptops, Acer said its smartphones come equipped with powerful processing and memory capabilities.

"We are facing a very large opportunity here," said Roger Yuen, Asia Pacific vice president for Acer's smart hand-held device business group.

About 200 million smartphones are sold each year and Acer believes the market should grow at 15 percent annually in the next five years.

"Our ambition is to be among the top five smartphone vendors in the world in the next three years," Yuen said.

Finland's Nokia leads the market for smartphones, followed by Canada's Research in Motion, which makes the popular Blackberry, and California-based Apple which boasts the , industry research firm Gartner has said.

Other laptop makers are joining the fray, with Toshiba already manufacturing handsets, and there are rumours that US-based Dell is preparing to launch its own range.

One of the models Acer unveiled on Wednesday is the DX900, which has a dual SIM card function and comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera.

Another model, the DX650, is uniquely designed to be used on both sides, featuring a touch screen panel on one side and a keypad on the reverse.

Prices will range between 599 and 799 Singapore dollars (397-530 US). In all, five models will be unveiled in the first half of this year.

In the second half, Acer will roll out three more models geared for the mass market, meaning they will be cheaper but still contain multi-media functions, the company said.

"One of our goals in is really to introduce smartphones that are more and more affordable," Yuen told AFP after the launch.

With the price gap narrowing, more people are expected to switch to from regular cellphones to smartphones, he added.

China and India are likely to drive demand in Asia, Yuen said.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Global crisis hits smartphone sales

Mar 12, 2009

Worldwide sales of hi-tech "smartphones" grew at their slowest pace yet in the fourth quarter of 2008 as the financial crisis hit demand, a research firm said Thursday.

HP Sues Acer, Again

Apr 24, 2007

Hewlett-Packard filed a second lawsuit against Taiwan-based PC manufacturer Acer in an East District court in Texas last week, this time over patents related to heat management, power savings, data flow regulation, and picture ...

Nokia 6680 3G imaging smartphone starts shipping

Mar 21, 2005

Nokia today announced that it has started deliveries of the Nokia 6680, introduced just one month ago at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. Optimized for visual sharing, the Nokia 6680 imaging smartphone ...

Recommended for you

Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn

22 hours ago

Sina Weibo sold fewer shares than expected in its US IPO which was priced below expectations ahead of a Thursday listing that takes place after tech selloffs on Wall Street.

'Chief Yahoo' David Filo returns to board

23 hours ago

Yahoo announced the nomination of three new board members, including company co-founder David Filo, who earned the nickname and formal job title of "Chief Yahoo."

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

23 hours ago

Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Hackathon team's GoogolPlex gives Siri extra powers

( —Four freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania have taken Apple's personal assistant Siri to behave as a graduate-level executive assistant which, when asked, is capable of adjusting the temperature ...

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team ...

Cosmologists weigh cosmic filaments and voids

( —Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can't be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational ...