COMPUTEX: Acer Prepping Smartphones for 2006

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Acer doesn’t sell their PDAs in the US, though they do quite well here with their notebooks. Hopefully Acer’s foray into Smartphones will make them think hard about supporting North American markets. “We’re going to do PDAs with phone function next year,” said Campbell Kan, head of Acer’s mobile computing business unit, during an interview at the Computex exhibition in Taipei. He went on to say that units would include WiFi and possibly 3G for rapid data access.

Acer recognizes the shrinking traditional PDA space and wants to position themselves well for the growing demand for mobile data-oriented devices. Kan did clarify that Acer has no intention of getting into the mobile phone business, opting to focus on devices that can leverage their past PDA experience. Kan said Acer will have more commentary on their Smartphone lineup before the end of this year.

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