Taiwan PC Makers Struggle in Smartphone Market

Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. are once again staking a plot at this year’s Mobile World Congress telecom show with new devices, but the Taiwanese personal computer makers have yet to make money off their smartphone efforts.

Both Taipei-based computer companies have been making a difficult entry into the smartphone market, as they seek to diversify outside the slowing PC industry. Acer and Asustek face fierce competition from well-known mobile brands like Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. and low-cost Chinese white box manufacturers.

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