ACER has launched Chrome devices in the Thai commercial market, a first for the Asia-Pacific region, while also forming partnerships to provide e-learning, digital signage and digital work solutions.
Suchart Buddhaunchalee, associate director for corporate business at Acer Computer, said the firm hoped to sell 25,000-30,000 Chromebook and Chromebox units in Thailand this year.
The Chrome devices are designed for people using Google applications for work and education. Their management console makes it easy for information-technology personnel to configure and manage cloud security and reduce the cost of onsite support.
Three Chromebook models are on offer, the Acer Chromebook C740, CB5-311 and C910, priced from Bt10,900 to Bt16,900.
It also offers the Intel Celeron 3205U central processing unit for Bt8,000 and Intel Core i3 CPU for Bt14,900.
To penetrate the commercial market, Acer is working with four business partners – 9pi, Gopomelo, Loxbit PA and Tangerine – to provide e-learning, digital signage and digital kiosk solutions.
Chrome devices for the consumer market will become available by the end of this month at IT City.
Last year, the total number of Chrome devices in use worldwide rose to 5.7 million units, from 2.7 million in 2013. Acer’s share of the Chrome-device market was 37 per cent, up from around 21 per cent in 2013, according to Gartner, an IT research and advisory firm based in the US.