Netbook market booming: Acer to ship 2m netbooks by October
If you had any doubts about the strength of the netbook market, here are some sobering stats.
According to digitimes.com, Acer is expected to one million Aspire One netbooks for the month of September and two million in the July-September quarter.
By comparison, the boss of Asustek, makers of the Eee PC, expect to ship five million of the little notebooks by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, rumours are that Acer will sell an Aspire One equiped with 3G communication capability in November although at this stage in Taiwan only.
With Dell having just released its Inspiron Mini 9 and Lenovo expected to join the rush in October, the market is expected to grow to a huge 18 million netbooks in 2009 worldwide. And with that, notebook sales should surpass those of desktop PCs for the first time.
InformationWeek reported at the start of the year that analyst expectation was for notebooks to reach 136 million units, up 25% while desktop PC sales would fall to 143 million. Based on those figures and the burgeoning netbook market, notebook sales should take over as the most popular computing option during 2009.
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