Despite Asus grabbing the headlines recently with news of its sales figures for its Eee range, it seems Acer may nab the crown for the most netbooks sold.

Acer, the world's third-largest PC vendor, said shipments of its Aspire One netbook could reach 6 million units this year.

"The netbook segment is growing very nicely", said Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci during a company investors conference call.

Asus boss Jerry Shen had previously revealed that Asus should hit that five million target with its rival Eee PC netbooks before the end of 2008.

Shen said: "Being that our goal is for this year is five million, we are confident that we will hit that. We are pretty close to four million now".