Acer Preps New Timeline Notebooks for April Release

Paul Lilly

Acer didn't forget about its ultra-thin Timeline family of notebooks, the company was just waiting for the whole Sandy Bridge situation to settle down. Now that it has, and now that Intel has been shipping revised 6-series boards to OEMs, Acer is getting ready to refresh its Timeline notebooks with a release scheduled for sometime in April.

Citing industry sources, DigiTimes says the new Timeline lineup will consist of models ranging in size from 13 inches to 15 inches, all of which are being outsourced to Compal Electronics. Acer hasn't announced the new models, so there's no official word on how much they'll cost, though those same sources say you can expect to pay anywhere from around $850 to $1,020, at least in Taiwan.

On a related side note, the Timeline orders will make Compal the largest ODM notebook contractor for Acer in 2011, producing about half of Acer's total notebook orders. And with orders from Toshiba and Lenovo, Compal expects its notebook shipments to increase 30 percent sequentially to over 4 million units in March.

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