by Anton Shilov
03/20/2013 | 11:12 PM
Apple iPad media tablet with 9.7” display made a revolution in 2010, but slates with smaller screens have been slowly, but surely gaining market share. Intel Corp. believes that going forward the trend will continue and tablets with 10”-class displays will rapidly erode as customers will adopt more compact form-factors for slates and larger form-factors for notebooks.
Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group, said he has confidence that the 10” media tablet form-factor will "rapidly erode" this year in favor of more compact 7” to 8”tablets while larger 10” tablets will be assimilated by notebook-tablet hybrids with convertible displays and detachable screens, reports CRN web-site.
“The biggest trends right now are convertibility and detachability,” said Mr. Skaugen.
Intel has already demonstrated hybrid tablets with detachable keyboards code-named North Cape. Besides, the company plans to make touchscreens compulsory on ultrabooks featuring Core i-series “Haswell” central processing units. Besides, those laptops will come with facial recognition and voice recognition software, which is supposed to make them more consumer friendly.
While Intel seems to be confident that its hybrid and convertible approaches will let it grab higher share on the rapidly growing market of ultra-mobile devices, it does not seem that the trends the chipmaker outlines are applicable to the whole market. Apple has no plans to discontinue its 9.7” iPad, Samsung Electronics also continues to sell its 10.1” slates. Moreover, neither of the top tablet makers have yet unveiled convertible tablets, except Asustek Computer, whose Transformer-series can hardly be called popular.
Intel plans to start selling its Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” in June, 2013. Its partners are going to support the launch with new breeds of notebooks, tablets and convertibles based on the new chips.