Acer is betting users will want to buy smaller desktop PCs this year and next, a boon for a company already specializing in laptops. The company also said it plans to launch a smart phone by the end of this year or early next.The company this month began selling small, 3-liter desktop PCs in Europe and parts of Asia for prices ranging from US$299 to $499, depending on their configuration. They have systems based on microprocessors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.And executives at the company believe they have a great opportunity in the segment since the design of a small desktop is similar to a small laptop PC."It\u2019s a great opportunity to find we can run the desktop business like our notebook business," said J.T. Wang, chairman and chief executive officer of Acer, at an investor conference in Taipei.One small PC on display at the meeting, the AcerPower 1000, was equipped with an AMD Sempron 3200+, 512MB of double data rate, second-generation\u00a0dynamic RAM, a DVD player and an 80GB hard drive. The company also had an Intel-based small PC on display, dubbed the Veriton, but did not disclose details of the model.The small PCs will be tailored to different users in different markets. A premium small Acer PC could come with an Nvidia graphics card, a hard drive up to 400GB, and other premium parts, the company said.The company expects the small desktops, along with other products such as liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs and smart phones, to drive growth for the company.The smart phone will be launched within the next few months, but executives were sketchy on details, saying only that it will be like a PDA that will handle e-mail and Internet browsing, with phone functions. "It\u2019s much more smart than phone," said Gianfranco Lanci, president of Acer. Acer has no plans to enter the mobile phone market, he said.-Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)Related Links:\n\nAcer: No Need for Recall of Sony-Made Batteries\n\nAcer, Sony in Talks Over Battery Recall\n\nAt 30th Anniversary, Acer Vows to Be No. 3 in \u201907Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.