Acer claims it's beaten HP on notebooks

Taiwanese vendor Acer claimed that in the first quarter of 2010 it beat HP for the worldwide number one notebook spot.

It bases that claim on preliminary PC shipment estimates from market research firm Gartner.

Acer said that Gartner figures showed that it grew by 54.5 percent quarter on quarter, year on year, and has 19.4 percent share of the notebook market.

It also delivered its financial results for its first quarter, and said revenues were $5.1 billion, a 36.1 percent year on year growth, while profits after tax amounted to $103.5 million.

Acer’s founder, Stan Shih, said in 1990 that in 10 years it would be the number one PC company. It’s taken Acer 20 years, but is still a considerable achievement for the Taiwanese firm.