250M+ tablets predicted to be sold this year, nearly 600M in 2017

250M+ tablets predicted to be sold this year, nearly 600M in 2017
We know that tablets are on the tipping point as far as popularity and ubiquity. According to NPD and other research firms, tablets may not be on the edge, but in the middle of taking off. NPD is predicting that this could be the year that tablets overtake laptops in terms of sales, and DigiTimes Research is also seeing a huge jump. Both firms put the predictions for tablet sales this year at over 250 million.

NPD Displaysearch has put out its predictions for the tablet and laptop PC markets. NPD says that 2013 will see a 67% increase in tablet sales year-over-year and have a total of 256.5 million tablets sold in 2013. That number is expected to keep growing and reach 579.4 million tablets by 2017. Meanwhile, the laptop PC market is expected to stay relatively stable as far as overall sales, but touchscreen laptops are expected to become the majority of laptop sales in about 3 years or so. 

DigiTimes Research had similar numbers in its predictions from last week, saying that tablets would see a 63.9% increase in sales year-over-year to 254 million, including 73 million Apple iPads, 82.4 million models from brand-name competitors (Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Asus, etc), and 98.6 million "white-box" tablets, which are tablets without a registered brand name.



1. FlushGordon unregistered

Thorsten Heinz disagrees

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Lol. That was a good one. Mr Heinz as a CEO is just trying to save face for the mess that his predecessors made and needs time to coordinate a corporate response. Unfortunately for him his words will come back to haunt him Just like how other famous statements have fallen to the wayside. Remember these 1. (IBM exes - pre GUI computer days) 1 meg of memory? what could you possibly need with 1meg of memory. 2. Why would anyone use a device called a mouse on a computer ( Xerox executives) 3. 3.5 inch is the perfect screen size why would anyone want a bigger screen? ( SJ) 4. Routing who would want to route data to other devices? keep everything simple and flat ( Wellfleet and 3com hub and bridge manufactures execs ( when the founders of Cisco introduced the concept of a Network router) and the list goes on and on. famous words uttered by executives that come back to bite them in the rear. Lol

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