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Tablet sales to jump 240% next year

Posted in Tablets by futureofprint on November 29, 2010

Tablet sales are expected to grow by 237.5% in 2011 and “re-shape the PC industry”, thanks largely to the success of Apple’s iPad, according to new Trendforce stats. The firm’s DRAMeXchange research department predicts that tablet sales will jump from 15.2m units this year to 51.3m in 2011 as new tablet devices hit the market. However, Apple is still expected to retain its dominance over the space, taking 95% of the market this year and 80%.

The study claims that the surging demand for tablets will eat into notebook sales. Next year, overall notebook and netbook shipments are expected to hit 222.7m. This is up 15.4% on 2010, but is “lower than historical 20% year-on-year growth patterns”, claims DRAMeXchange.

The research firm says 7m to 10m of the 51.3m tablets expected to ship next year will be bought instead of a laptop device. Though netbooks sales are expected to grow 17.2% year-on-year in 2010 to 33.3m units, this growth is expected to stop abruptly in 2011. Shipments are forecast to fall 2% year-on-year to just 32.6m units.

The study is the latest in a string of tablet forecasts. Last month, Juniper Research predicted that global tablet shipments will exceed 80m units a year by 2015, more than five times the number of tablet devices it expects to ship this year. Informa gives a lower estimate of 50m tablet shipments by 2014, but Gartner said last month that worldwide tablet sales will hit a massive 208m units in 2014.

via Tablet sales to jump 240% next year :: StrategyEye – Industry Intelligence.

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