Acer expects to dive heavily into the touch screen pool over the next year or two.
The company said Monday it anticipates that up to 80 percent of its products will be outfitted with touch screens in 2014 or 2015, Reuters reported. Acer is eyeing new tablets and touch-screen laptops as the ticket to rejuvenate the sluggish PC market, which continues to suffer from slumping sales.
Touch-screen devices are expected to account for 30 to 35 percent of Acer's total notebook sales by the end of 2013, Acer Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang told Reuters. Last quarter, the company shipped 1.2 million tablets and is aiming for shipments of 5 million to 10 million for the entire year.
As prices continue to drop on touch-screen panels, almost 25 percent of all laptops should be equipped with touch screens by 2016, research firm IHS said recently. By that year, 78 million touch-enabled notebooks are projected to ship, up from 4.6 million last year and 24 million this year.
"Price and supply for touch panels provide some constraints now but that will ease and boost the penetration of touch devices," Wang said Monday.
Wang foresees further declines for the PC industry this year but expects the notebook and tablet market together to rise by 10 to 15 percent, Reuters added.
On a related note, Wang told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday that within three years, nearly all computers will have touch screens.