Tablets Will Shine, But Will Not Replace Netbooks – Analysts

The Dawn of Tablets Approaching as Acer, Asus, Google, Others Roll Out Their Offerings

by Anton Shilov
05/27/2010 | 10:16 AM

Tablet personal computers will get significantly more popular this year as many leading-edge companies, including Acer Group, Asustek Computer, Google and Others are preparing to release their slates. However, people will hardly cease to use netbooks just because of that since many still need keyboards for office and other applications.

 

According to DRAMeXchange, a market tracking firm, tablet PC is fundamentally different from netbook: consumers with higher demand for Intern or office work will still prefer to use netbooks or notebooks as their computing devices. However, users with higher demand in entertainment, who browse the Internet most of the time or do some very simple things are likely to choose slate-type PC. In short, being a spin-off of notebook, netbook is still designed to create something in addition to consume Web-based services, whereas tablets are optimized strictly for consumption and are not intended for creation of anything.

“DRAMeXchange sees seldom overlapping customer base for netbooks and tablets. We expect tablet PC to create another new market after netbook,” a statement by the market research firm reads.

Asus and Acer plan to launch and demonstrate their slate-type products at Computex Taipei this Jine, according to the company. Besides, the firm claims that Google will cooperate with Verizon on new tablet PC to compete with Apple iPad.

DRAMeXchange expects many companies to cooperate for tablet PC business. For example, content delivery services will have to collaborate with hardware vendors to actually enable customers to consume the content using the forthcoming slates. The firm expects tablets to be “another spotlight” in PC world.

DRAMeXchange projects H1 2010 iPad shipment to be around 1.7 million units with 7 – 8 million will be shipped in total this year.