Acer Looking To Top Global PC Market In 2011

Acer is looking to overtake rival IT giant HP has the world's largest PC maker in 2011.

Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci, in an interview withSwiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung, said: "If the mobile world continues to grow, we will necessarily replace HP as the world's biggest computer-maker."

Lanci claimed that the company is on target to sell over one million mobile phone units this year. Acer recently entered the competitive smartphone market with the aim of carving a share of 6 per cent to 7 per cent in 3 to 5 years but success has so far been limited, Reuters reports.

As of the third quarter 2010, Hewlett Packard held 18 per cent of the PC market, followed by Acer with 13 per cent and Dell with 12 per cent, according to Gartner estimates.

Acer has also ventured into the tablet market with the launch of its Iconia dual-screen laptop-cum-tablet device. The Iconia will be available to buy in the UK from 8 January for £1,499.