Acer Smartphone Gets Launch Date

The first Acer-branded smartphone is to go on sale in the first quarter of 2009.

While no details have been released – handset info or precise regions where it will be sold – it does at least firm up what have until now been largely speculative reports.

The first Acer-branded handsets are expected to launch in first-quarter 2009 initially in Western Europe and Russia, with other markets to follow later.

The company appears optimistic about the smartphone market, which it signalled its intent to enter with the purchase of Taiwan smartphone maker E-Ten Information Systems earlier this year.

While Acer is confident the smartphone segment will be a major growth driver for the company over the next 3-5 years, it is equally bullish in other areas.

With news of its smartphone activity came an similarly optimistic forecast from Acer about its growth opportunities for 2009.

The company expects its notebook shipments to increase 15-20 per cent in 2009 and overall sales to grow 25-30 per cent year-on-year.

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