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Acer gears up for China’s lucrative mobile market

Staff writer, with CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁), the world’s fourth-largest PC vendor by shipments, is gearing up to gain ground in China’s mobile market, where it recently launched two new mid-range smartphones powered by Google Inc’s Android 4.0 operating system and equipped with a 4.3-inch high-definition display.

Dave Chan (陳國維), general manager of Acer’s touch-business group in China, said he is confident that “Acer will rank among the top 10 smartphone vendors within three years” through its deepened partnership with Chinese carriers, a statement said yesterday.

Henry Wang (汪島雄), Acer’s senior manager of public relations, said Acer chairman J.T. Wang (王振堂) met with several Chinese telecoms operators last week to talk about future cooperation plans.

The Acer AK330 will run on the 3G WCDMA network from China Unicom Ltd (中國聯通) and start at a price of 1,599 yuan (US$250). The AT390 will support China’s home-grown TD-SCDMA network offered by China Mobile Ltd (中國移動), with a price tag of 1,499 yuan.

Samsung Electronics Co was ranked as the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter of the year, with a 23 percent market share, followed by Huawei Technologies Co (華為), with 12 percent, according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley.

ZTE Corp (中興) and Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) were tied in third place, each with a 10 percent share, followed by Coolpad (酷派, 9 percent), Apple Inc (8 percent) and Nokia Oyj (6 percent).

In eighth, ninth and 10th places were Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (4 percent), Xiaomi Technology (小米科技, 3 percent) and HTC Corp (宏達電, 3 percent) respectively.

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