Acer has become more optimistic about its tablet business in 2013, upgrading its shipment goal for such devices from 5 million units to 5-10 million. The info comes from president Jim Wong, who offered these details at an investors conference this week.


Acer expects the slate shipments in Q1 of this year to increase quarter on quarter by 260% to 300%, according to Wong. The 7 inch Iconia B1 will stand for 70%-75% of the first quarter tablet shipments, a confirmation of the product’s success. Acer is also preparing Android and Windows 8 tablet launches in 2013.

Also, the total shipments of notebooks, desktops and tablets are expected to drop sequentially by 10 to 15%, a sign that notebooks and desktops are pulling down the entire PC/tablet segment. Looking back to the last quarter of 2012, 38% of revenue came from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while 28% was generated by North and Latin Americas and 14% from China. 18% was made by other markets in Asia Pacific and 2% from Taiwan.