The Taiwanese firm chose
The phablet, a combination of the words "phone" and "tablet", is expected to become the next big thing in the smartphone market. Product prices between 8,000 and
Mr Nitipat believes smartphones with screens of more than 5 inches will become mainstream products in
The price gap between smartphones with screens sized 3.5 and 5 inches is not large, he said.
Wiwat Temsooktawin, mobility product manager at Acer, said phablets look set to replace the 7-inch tablet, while the new wave of tablets will have displays of 8-10 inches.
To capitalise on this market, Acer yesterday launched the Liquid S1 phablet, its first Android-based smartphone, in the Thai market. The phone has a 5.7-inch screen and quad core processor.
It is priced at
"We want to promote sales of Acer's smartphones here as
Acer plans to introduce its Liquid S2 phablet next month. The premium smartphone, priced at
Mr Nitipat said Acer aims to have at least a 5% share of the Thai smartphone market, driven mainly by its low-end phone prices below
Apinya Sermchuvitkul, telecom account manager at GfK Retail and Technology (
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