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Acer sees slowing popularity of Ultrabooks

2012/06/13 19:56:32

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Wednesday that it has become more conservative about the penetration rate of ultra-thin notebook computers this year due to a delay in Intel Corp.'s new chipsets and macroeconomic uncertainties.

The world's No. 4 PC vendor said it expects Ultrabooks to account for 12 to 15 percent of its total notebook shipments in 2012, lower than its previous forecast of 12 to 20 percent, said Scott Lin, Acer's corporate vice president and president of its Taiwan operations.

"We have revised our forecast because Intel delayed shipments of its Ivy Bridge processors for one month, while the global economic prospects remain gloomy," Lin said at a news conference to launch the Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook series in Taiwan.

The shipment date of the faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors was delayed from May to June 3, while the entry-level Core i3 processors are scheduled for delivery in August, he said.

Lin projected that the Ultrabook category will account for 25 to 30 percent of Acer's total notebook shipments next year, thanks to the launch of the touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system, up from 6 percent in the second quarter of this year.

Acer President Jim Wong told investors April 26 that the company's Ultrabook shipments were slightly over 200,000 units in the first three months of the year, a level similar to the number shipped in the fourth quarter of last year.

The company plans to more than double its Ultrabook shipments in the second quarter from the first quarter, thanks to four new models launched during the period.

On the other hand, U.S. chipmaker Intel predicted in May that Ultrabooks will account for 30 to 40 percent of global notebook shipments in 2012 thanks to the introduction of lower-priced models.

Worldwide mobile PC shipments are estimated to reach 226.5 million units in 2012 and 368.7 million units in 2015, representing annualized growth of 8.2 percent and 17.3 percent, respectively, according to market advisory firm Gartner Inc.

(By Jeffrey Wu)