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Acer now leads the Netbook market ahead of ASUS
2013-9-9 12:01:26

Despite having played a hugely influential role in the recent growth spurt attributed to ultra mobile personal computers (UMPCs), Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc. has now been eclipsed in the Netbook arena by regional rival Acer Inc.

That according to Acer president and chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci, who this week revealed that surging demand for Acer’s Netbook devices outshone ASUSTeK eponymous Eee PC platforms in shipment units over the last 12 months.

The gap between the two hardware rivals is presently negligible, with Acer shipping a little over five million units in 2008, while ASUSTeK managed to shift some 4.9 million units. However, Acer expects to cement its positioning with shipment figures of up to 12 million units expected for 2009.

Speaking during a Q1 meeting of investors in Taiwan, Lanci announced that Acer is now the world’s hardware frontrunner when it comes to the low-priced and Web-centric Netbook market.

The robust appeal of the company’s range of Netbook computers is all the more noteworthy when considering that ASUSTeK launched its Eee PC into the market a full six months before Acer was able to unveil its Aspire One platform.