Acer Not Selling So Many Iconia Tabs After All
Remember when demand for Acer’s Iconia Tab was so great that the company reportedly couldn’t keep up with it?
Neither does Acer.
This morning, the company put the knife to its full-year tablet forecast, slashing it by nearly 60 percent. Where once it planned to ship between 5 and 7 million Iconia Tabs in 2011, Acer now expects to ship 2.5 to 3 million, Chairman J.T. Wang told a shareholder meeting Wednesday.
“We have sold nearly 800,000 tablet PCs in the second quarter,” Wang said. “Our shipments of tablets will remain at the same level in the third.”
Evidently, it’s more of a struggle for Acer to replicate in tablets its success in notebooks than the company thought — even with new tablet-savvy leadership in place. That said, Wang believes Acer’s situation is improving.
“Acer’s decline in market share in Europe will stabilize in the second half,” he said. “The third quarter will be considerably more stable. It will be similar to the second quarter or better. The fourth quarter will be even better.”