AsusTek and Acer plan iPad competitors for June launch
Apple is basking in the glow of shipping the new iPad and the excitement is building. They shouldn’t congratulate themselves too much since two of the largest computer makers in the world will soon be competing with them. Keep an eye over their shoulder as netbooks from these Taiwan manufacturers reach 50 million units soon.
Apple’s first week shipments of the iPad will be an impressive 240,000 plus units. Selling for $499 to $829, the iPad is expected to be the must-have computer toy this spring.
However, competition in this field will come fast and furious. Acer and AsusTek will ship $400 competitors to be released in early June.
Even if Apple hits 2 million units by Christmas, the pad or tablet computer will pale with the number of netbooks sold mainly by Acer and AsusTek. Netbook sales are expected to reach 50 million by 2012.