2 million in a quarter is damn good for Acer.
To put it into perspective, Apple sold 2.2 Macs (1.43 million laptops) in a big record breaking quarter in 2008. Sure, the profits on those are much juicier but in terms of sold units/popularity, the 2 million Acers sold in a quarter should be noticed by the press.
So should the 5 million EEE netbooks that Asus will sell this year. But its not the golden boy of california tech, therefore it doenst exist. Its ok, the EEE was released 10-11 months ago, so I think once 30-40 million are sold, they might come around.
Sure, 2 millions units sold in a quarter IS a big deal but its like a tree falling in the woods, if no one reports this, does it really matter?
My Mac numbers come from here: http://www.macworld.com/article/133145/2008/04/profit.html
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I cant find right now the article I wanted to show you about Linux in UK but this one about the growth of portable computers worldwide is interesting:
Report shows netbooks are fueling laptop sales growth
http://ostatic.com/173214-blog/netbooks-fuel-good-pc-market-news-says-idc and http://idc.com/getdoc.jsp;jsessionid=NR3SD2A2131BMCQJAFICFFAKBEAUMIWD?containerId=prUS21420408
" Laptop sales are continuing to climb and low cost ultraportables like the Asus Eee PC deserve at least some of the blame/credit. That?s according to a new report from IDC.
The report shows that desktop PC sales are down a bit this year in the US, but are still on the rise in other parts of the world. What?s more interesting is that portable computer sales are shooting up both in the US and abroad.
Western Europe saw a 60% increase in consumer portable computer sales over last year, with low cost computers like the Eee PC accounting for a significant portion of the market."
I'm not too familiar with the toy/gadget dept.,
is 2 million units good for a quarter?
All eyez knowz is that here in Canadia, the Staples/FutureShop
have been selling out every shipment of these 349$ babies.
Seems like 3G will be pretty much standard.
Acer expected to ship two million netbooks in 3Q08
Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
[Friday 5 September 2008]
Acer's Aspire one netbook is expected to break worldwide shipments of one million units in September, while total shipments in the third quarter will break two million units, according to market watchers.
In addition to the US and Europe, the company has also set up channels in emerging markets including India.
Acer is planning to offer the Aspire one with a built-in 3G module in Taiwan in November this year. Initially the model will be sold in cooperation with Taiwan Mobile (TWM), according to notebook industry sources.
Acer has adopted Qualcomm's 3G chip. Pricing is expected to be NT$3,000 (US$94.33) more than the standard model, but will see a drop of over NT$5,000 as part of a bundle deal with 3G services, added the sources.