Acer takes on Asustek with its Preda­tor gam­ing PC line

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wanese com­puter maker Acer Inc. ( ) un­veiled its new Preda­tor gam­ing tablet, lap­tops and mon­i­tors in Tai­wan on Wed­nes­day, tak­ing aim at the lead­ing player Asustek Com­puter Inc. ( ) in the lo­cal mar­ket’s high-mar­gin PC seg­ment.

Tony Huang, pres­i­dent of Tai- wan oper­a­tions at Acer, es­ti­mated that some 3,000 gam­ing lap­tops are sold in Tai­wan per month and that Asustek holds roughly 50 per­cent of the over­all mar­ket.

Jump­ing into that mar­ket seg­ment as late­comer, Acer nonethe­less is hop­ing to sell more than 500 gam­ing lap­tops per month in Tai­wan when its full-range of gam­ing prod­ucts hit lo­cal stores in Novem­ber, and even­tu­ally catch up with Asustek, Huang said.

“We hope to reach sec­ond place as soon as pos­si­ble,” Huang said at the Tai­wan launch of the Preda­tor gam­ing line, but de­clined to give a time­frame for that tar­get.

One of the high­lights of Acer’s new gam­ing prod­ucts is the Preda­tor 8, the world’s first 8-inch gam­ing tablet, which comes with four front-fac­ing speak­ers, a full-HD dis­play and the “TacSense” di­rec­tional hap­tic feed­back sys­tem.

Huang said he ex­pects sales of the Preda­tor 8 to hit 1,000 units per month in Tai­wan af­ter the tablet goes on sale in Novem­ber.

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