Acer to showcase new six-inch 'phablet' at IFA
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. announced that it will showcase a new phone-tablet hybrid with a 6-inch full-HD display at the Sept. 6-11 IFA Berlin electronics fair, hoping to capitalize on the fast-growing large-screen phone segment.
September 4, 2013, 2:20 am TWN
The Liquid S2, colloquially known as a “phablet” because of its screen size of between 5 and just under 7 inches, is Acer's first smartphone capable of 4K ultra-HD recording, which refers to video with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
It is also the world's first smartphone with dual speakers powered by Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, the company said in a press release.
The phone is equipped with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera, a 16GB built-in memory and a micro-SD card slot for up to 128GB external storage capacity. It is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.
According to data from research firm IDC, device vendors shipped 25.2 million phablets in the second quarter of the year in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan, compared with shipments of 12.6 million tablets and 12.7 million portable PCs.
Phablets made a significant jump in shipments during the quarter, up 100 percent quarter-on-quarter and up 620 percent from the same quarter in 2012.
Another new Acer product to be featured at the IFA is the Iconia A3, a 10.1-inch Android tablet powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, which will start from 249 euros (US$328) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in October and target mid-range users, according to Acer.
The relatively late availability dates of the two new products, however, seemed to explain Acer's forecast for a disappointing third quarter.
The Taipei-based manufacturer told investors in an Aug. 8 conference call that it expects to break even or record a small operating loss in the third quarter while aiming to stay profitable in 2013 as a whole.
Acer reported an operating loss of NT$613 million (US$20.6 million) for the second quarter — following six consecutive quarters with an operating profit — because of increasing investment and the rising cost of memory chips.
British bank Barclays Plc maintained its “equal-weight” rating on Acer shares but cut its earnings per share estimates by 5.4 percent for 2013 and by 5.3 percent for 2014, forecasting a contraction in Acer's sales and heavier pressure from the competition.