Acer Ultrabook may be selling just fine after all
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DigiTimes is at it again with more conflicting rumors and reports.
Late last month, component suppliers close to DigiTimes claimed that initial Ultrabook sales have not been up to expectations. As a result, Acer and Asus reduced their shipment numbers accordingly to only 100,000 each by then end of 2011.
The latest report from the same source has Acer refuting that claim, saying that sales of the Aspire S3 have been healthy and on the mark. The Taiwanese manufacturer is still reportedly scheduled to reach 250,000 to 300,000 Ultrabook shipments for this year.
Still, Acer has been having trouble keeping itself in the black for the past few quarters. The manufacturer lost $36.3 million as of Q3 2011 and is not expected to reach a full-year profit this year. The final fourth quarter may be even worse than initially predicted by 5 to 10 percent due to hard drive shortages from the Thailand floods, says DigiTimes. Acer may even raise the price of the Aspire S3 in some markets.
The Acer Aspire S3 was one of the first Ultrabooks available in the United States and remains one of the least expensive at $899. The upcoming Toshiba Portege Z835 is expected to launch before the end of this month at the same price point.
Check out our full review of the Aspire S3 here.