Acer tops Philippines sales
Acer Inc (宏碁) said yesterday that it became the largest vendor of personal computers and laptop computers in the Philippines last quarter, with shipments growing significantly from a year earlier. Acer’s PC shipments to the Southeast Asian nation grew by 71.2 percent year-on-year to give it a dominant 18.7 percent market share in the quarter, while its portable computer shipments jumped by 101.1 percent year-on-year to help it take a 34.1 percent share, the Taiwanese manufacturer said in a statement, citing data from research firm IDC Corp. According to statistics compiled by market research company PMA Research, Acer also made up 31.2 percent of the projector market in the Philippines during the first half of the year, making it the top player.
HTC prices Butterfly 2
Taiwanese handset maker HTC Corp (宏達電) said yesterday that its next Butterfly smartphone would be available in Taiwan for less than NT$23,000. The Butterfly 2 is priced at NT$20,900 for the 16GB model and NT$22,400 for the 32GB model when it hits local stores today, the company said. Jack Tong (董俊良), president of HTC North Asia, said at a news conference that this is a “critical year” for his company and brisk sales of the Butterfly 2 are expected across Asian markets. Taiwan sales of the first-generation Butterfly and the high-end HTC One topped more than 1 million units last year.