Acer: Windows 8 devices not cheap, will rival pricey Apple

Acer's chairman says that Windows 8 devices will be pricey enough that they will be more suitable for "developed economies" like North America.

Acer Aspire S7 should arrive with Windows 8 this fall.
Acer Aspire S7 should arrive with Windows 8 this fall. CNET Asia

With all the Windows 8 hoopla at Computex, it's easy to forget that Microsoft's next operating system isn't a price panacea for consumers.

Acer Chairman JT Wang said Wednesday that the initial crop of Windows 8 devices will be pricey enough that they will be more suitable for "developed economies" like North America where "where purchasing power is strong," according to a report in Taipei-based DigiTimes.

And that means they'll have to be competitive with anything Apple has on the market in the September-October time frame when Windows 8 is projected for release.

A crush of new Windows 8 ultrabooks, hybrids, and tablets is expected at that time.

"Windows 8 needs to be as successful as Apple in the higher-end of the PC market," Wang said.

Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook line with a MacBook Air-like 15-inch model, among other models. The new MacBooks will likely have Retina-class displays and Intel's new "Ivy Bridge" silicon.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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