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Acer goes ahead with Windows RT tablet for this year

Agam Shah | Feb. 27, 2013
Acer plans to release a Windows RT tablet this year as it looks to aggressively expand its lineup of mobile devices, including smartphones.

At the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, Acer was the world's fourth-largest PC maker, with its shipments falling by 28.2 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to IDC. Shipments for rival companies in the region, including Lenovo and Asus, grew.

Acer will also be aggressive in the smartphone market and launch about four to six smartphones this year, Ahrens said. The company earlier this month announced two smartphones -- the Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2 -- which were also being shown at MWC. The company is trying to standardize on the user experience, while also trying to be competitive on price.

"In the past we were everywhere, we had all kinds of phones, but the time to market was not accurate," Ahrens said. "This has been fixed."

 

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