Oct 20th, 2009

red-acer-liquid-a1-4Acer has some lofty goals, don’t they? An internal volume estimate leaked from the company over at the ever-spotty DigiTimes and they’re claiming the company is hoping to push 500k handsets in 2009 and another 2 million in 2010. Obviously, this includes their recently announced Acer Liquid A1 Android Phone… but it also includes their Windows Mobile line of phones recently dubbed beTouch and neoTouch.

My question is this: what percent of their sales does Acer expect to come from Android and Windows Mobile? Surely they’re not just tossing out a random number but rather have projections for each of these. They’ve already got agreements with several carriers including:

  • Far EasTone Telecommunications (Taiwan)
  • CSL (Hong Kong)
  • SFR (France)
  • Bouygues (France)
  • Wind (Italy)

They’ve also got a North American partner lined up for 2010 which means at least 2 things:

  1. The Acer Liquid A1 won’t be coming to an American Carrier in 2009
  2. The Acer Liquid A1 might be coming to an American Carrier in 2010

Much like our AT&T story this morning… the glass is half empty or full depending on how you choose to see it. Keep in mind though that the North American partner might not even be a United States carrier and even if it IS there is no proof that an Android Phone will be part of any deal/agreement. We’re merely hoping.

But do the math: in the past few days Acer has announced 5 phones (1 Android, 4 WinMo). That would amount to each phone selling 400,000 units even if they didn’t announce another phone in all of 2010. That doesn’t seem very lofty afterall, does it? Maybe if they switch their focus from WinMo to Android they’ll have the opportunity to reach and surpass their goals and set some new, higher ones.

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