Acer plans new, low-cost laptop

Acer plans new, low-cost laptop

Summary: Acer, the world's third largest computer seller, said today that it will offer a new, low-cost laptop targeted primarily at emerging markets. The specs and price would put it in direct competition with other low-cost models such as the Asus Eee PC and the Everex CloudBook, and to a lesser extent OLPC's XO laptop.

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Acer, the world's third largest computer seller, said today that it will offer a new, low-cost laptop targeted primarily at emerging markets. Little is known about the model aside from the fact that will have a 7- or 9-inch display, cost about $470, and ship sometime in the second or third quarter. The specs and price would put it in direct competition with other low-cost models such as the Asus Eee PC and the Everex CloudBook, and to a lesser extent OLPC's XO laptop.

Acer had previously said it would not compete in this growing niche, but Asus has had some success with its Eee PC. And back in December, the newswire DigiTimes reported that Acer had ordered 1 million low-cost laptops in 2008 from Wistron, a contract manufacturer.

Acer plans new, low-cost laptop

Asus currently offers four models: the Eee PC 2G Surf (512MB and 2GB SSD) for $300; Eee PC 4G Surf (512MB and 4GB SSD) for $350; the Eee PC 4G (512MB, 4GB SSD, and Webcam) for $400; and the Eee PC 8G (1GB, 8GB SSD, and Webcam). The 8G is still not widely available, but it will likely cost about $500. All of them have a 7-inch display and run either a Linux OS or Windows XP. Asus has previously stated that it hoped to sell 5 million Eee PCs worldwide this year; more recently it said component shortages would limit Q1 sales to around 700,000 units.

Acer plans new, low-cost laptop

Everex's CloudBook goes on sale at Wal-Mart starting this Friday (2/15/08), according to the company. It will cost the same as the Eee PC 4G, but it uses a standard 30GB disk drive in place of the smaller SSD. It runs the gOS operating system, which is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, and includes the usual open-source suspects (Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice 2.3 and GIMP, an image editing program).

Earlier this week, Acer said in a conference call that it hopes to ship 40% more laptops this year.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Acer's will probably use Windows :-(

    From what I know, they've sold they're a windows only shop
    BanjoPaterson
    • Agreed...

      That would explain the $70 "tax" over Asus' 4GB Eee.

      Oh well...there are enough competitors emerging in this market, we can look elsewhere.

      cad
      mrdatahs
    • FTA...

      It runs the gOS operating system, which is based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, and includes the usual open-source suspects (Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice 2.3 and GIMP, an image editing program).

      You could run all that stuff under Windows with VMWare or Paralells.







      But you'd have to install it first...
      Still Lynn
      • Reading Comprehension

        That's the description of the Cloudbook.
        daengbo
      • You're gonna runVMWare on 512MB of RAM?

        :0
        hasta la Vista, bah-bie
  • Great to see more competitors in this area. It will be interesting to see

    what hardware they are using.

    All thanks to the OLPC.
    DonnieBoy
  • Should go lower in price... (Toshiba at $ 500 in my country)

    The local Wal Mart (in the country of El Salvador, Central America) is currently selling a Toshiba laptop with 1 GB RAM and 80 GB hard disk at $ 500.00... (maybe at cost?) and usually the computers are higher priced here than in the USA. So, the Acer should be cheaper if possible, $ 399.99 perhaps?
    Roque Mocan
  • RE: Acer plans new, low-cost laptop

    I have an XO, it's got great wireless capability. I could see it's usage in a classroom environment as an e-book. The OS takes some learning. It's totally different than a Windows PC.
    gg-100@...
  • with "Normal" laptops with 12" displays costing around $400, this news will

    fall on deaf ears.

    a 9" display for almost $500 is not in the least bit interesting to me.

    get it down to around $200 and you will have my attention. (without susidizing the chinese government, that is)

    :)

    .
    wessonjoe
  • I see many points though

    With some Laptops costing $400 or less before Christmas this year, why would we want to spend the same amount on something that is inferior in several ways. If this PC was going for $300 or less, I would consider it. But with Acer putting out dirt cheap laptops even though they resemble tinker toys, they are cheap yet more powerful than these canoe anchors.

    I like the idea that they are trying to get to that price point, but now we are trying to assemble a cheap laptop when we could go used market and get something just as good or better.
    nucrash