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Netbook market to shrink by 40 million in 2012: analyst


13:23, December 08, 2011

TAIPEI, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Tablets will eat into the miniature laptop market by 40 million units next year, which continues the "tablet fever" led by Apple's iPad, a Taiwanese institute said Wednesday.

Tablet computers and Ultrabooks will "erode the market share of netbooks, or mini-laptops, in 2012," said Shen Chu-san, director of the Institute for Information Industry's Market Intelligence Center (MIC), a government-funded think tank, at a press conference forecasting major trends in the high-tech sector for 2012 around the world.

However, "sales of traditional notebook computers will not be affected by tablets and Ultrabooks, as the latter two have no effect on traditional laptops," Shen said.

Ultrabooks, as a new trend of personal computer development, feature low-power consumption, are thin and light with long standby time, and have become a highlight of the ongoing Taipei exhibition of consuming electronics.

Shen said mini-laptops account for less than 20 percent of Taiwan's personal computer design output, so the erosion will have only a limited impact on Taiwan's PC market in the short run.

The number of tablets to be sold globally in the first half of 2012 is expected to reach 29.4 million, up 42 percent year-on-year, led by Apple's iPad-2, which occupies more than 90 percent of the global tablet market, the MIC estimated. Apple is expected to put the iPad-3 on the market in the first quarter of next year.

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