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Acer Inc. to launch Intel chip-based smartphone

TAIPEI--Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. confirmed yesterday that it will launch a new smartphone using Intel Corp.'s chipset by the end of 2012 to expand its partnership in the fast-growing market.

Acer plans to pre-install its own cloud service on the new model, said Peter Shieh, vice president of Acer's corporate account business division in Taiwan, on the sidelines of a press conference to launch the new Acer S500 phone.

He declined to provide any specifics or the launch schedule of the phone powered by Intel's chipset.

Acer's cooperation with Intel is expected to help diversify its partnership in the smartphone segment since it has used chips made by Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc., said an Acer official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Intel is a more familiar partner to us because we have been working together in the PC sector for a long time,” the official said.

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