Acer plans to ship 5.5 million Eee PC rivals in second half of 2008

According to DigiTimes, Acer is planning to start shipping its ASUS Eee competitor in May or June. And by the end of the year, it expects to have shipped up to 5.5 million of them. In comparison, ASUS has set an annual shipment goal for its Eee PC line (both 701 and 900) of about 5 million units.

The 8.9-inch PC will be part of Acer’s Aspire family. Powered by an Intel Atom processor, there will options for Linux or Windows XP as well as hard drive or SSD. Prices are set to range between USD$300 and USD$450.

The DigiTimes report also reveals a slightly larger 12.1-inch Slim Gemstone Aspire that will also target the low-cost market. Acer expects that it could sell a million such laptops.

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