Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer has jumped on the cellphone business bandwagon and seems to be getting into full swing. The company is expected to launch as many as 10 Windows Mobile phones in 2009 and while no formal announcement has been made to date, Acer’s head of mobile-phone products Aymar de Lencquesaing said it was very likely that the company would have put out an Android device by the end of 2009. There is no doubt that the globe's third largest computer company has decided to not only make a strong statement about its wireless division, but also has the recources to back it up. Mr. de Lencquesaing went on saying that Acer also planned to become one of the world´s top 5 handset manufacturers by 2012. This is a goal that Acer might be indeed able to achieve. When the company introduced some of its Windows Mobile handsets
at the MWC this February, the devices looked stylish with an abundance of of up-to-date features, meant for both the U.S. and European markets.
That doesn't mean it will be a cakewalk for them. In an separate interview, de Lencquesaing estimated that in order to become one of the top five in handset production, his company would have to sell between 20 to 25 million devices in the region. Sounds like a lot of phones that would have to be sold and with a successful PC franchise, why even bother going into the smartphone business? The answer is that the Chairman and CEO of the company J.T.Wang believes that eventually, smartphones will replace the PCs altogether.