Report: Four big tablet vendors challenge notebooks -- for now

by David Needle

March 23 2012

Ultrabooks will incorporate some tablet features. At CES Intel demonstrated a concept system it developed code named NIKISKI with a clear touchpad panel at the base of the keyboard that transforms into a touch-enabled display when closed.
Ultrabooks will incorporate some tablet features. At CES Intel demonstrated a concept system it developed code named NIKISKI with a clear touchpad panel at the base of the keyboard that transforms into a touch-enabled display when closed.

A new report forecasts healthy growth for the tablet industry, partly at the expense of notebook computers.

Research and Markets “Global Tablet Computers market 2011-2015” report says that four vendors currently dominate the tablet market: Amazon, Apple, Motorola Mobility, and Samsung Electronics.

That said, Apple dominates the other three vendors with over 60% of the tablet market, according to several research firm’s estimates. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a distant second with about a 16% share. And Apple’s on the rise selling 3 million iPads just a few days after the new model was released last Friday. 

The research firm cites estimates by TechNavio analysts that the tablet market is set to grow 20.6% from 2011-2015). “One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the benefits of tablet computers over laptops,” according to Research and Markets which also notes “growing demand for tablet computers in enterprises.”

The report says tablets have advantages over notebooks in the enterprise because they are more reliable (fewer moving parts) and offer more benefits as a mobile computing device (including 3G and newer 4G connectivity options) than notebook PCs. 

The next generation of notebooks, called Ultrabooks, are expected to incorporate tablet features such as a touchscreen interface and light weight, though tablets will still weigh less.

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  • clandy
    2 years 6 months ago

    I have had my Toshiba Thrive for several months now and every day I find something else to love about it! While I'll probably never want an I-pad, I'm definitely looking forward to the tablets to come. I want to completely replace my desktop....I want to be able to do it all from my hand, from a 10 inch amazing piece of technology....as time goes by, I won't have a choice...so get moving tech companies! ( and, yes...it needs USB and SD options....how do you do it without them?

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