Major netbook players plan their moves in response to the iPad 2

Major netbook players plan their moves in response to the iPad 2
Over the past year or so, we have been witnessing a significant rise of tablet computer popularity among consumers. The recent announcement of Apple's iPad 2 has contributed even further to the tablet hype while making things much harder for Apple's competition from the portable PC division. Apparently, major players in the netbook business are getting worried about Apple's tablet stealing too big of a portion from the netbook market. With the original iPad now costing as low as $399 and the iPad 2 hitting the shelves in three days, many may consider getting one of them instead of a conventional netbook for the sake of couch potato computing.

In response to that, some manufacturers are already in the works of adding tablet capabilities to their future netbook designs. Big names such as HP, Acer, and ASUS, have already started developing new design strategies in order to make their products draw a bit more attention from the tablet-demanding crowd.

ASUS' 10.1-inch Eee Pad tablet already features an optional external keyboard, which turns the device into a fully-functional PC. Acer is also working on new tablet-inspired netbook concepts with the primary goal to compete with Apple's iPad 2. HP may have not launched its competitor to the iPad yet, namely the HP TouchPad, but it is said that future HP tablet designs may be developed by the company's netbook department. Note that the upcoming HP TouchPad is the work of HP's handheld device team instead.

Whatever changes companies may turn to, Apple remains somewhat ahead of everyone with an unmatched $399 clearance price for the first generation iPad and the powerful iPad 2 right around the corner. Are future tablet-like netbooks something Apple should be concerned about? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

source: DigiTimes

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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 6944 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x



7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i love articles like this. the are pointless. Doesnt anybody realise that a companys "roadmap" is laid out YEARS in advance. Nothing that they are talking about in this article is new to the company, and its surely not in responce to "the ipad2 possibly STEALING sales".. lol. These products have been in development probably for a good while and for some, longer than the ipad2. This is just more flamebait articles written by people with obvious love for apple and doing anythign they can to keep its name in headlines and make people think its the king of the world. The previous article "only 0.3% of world has an ipad" is a direct contradiction to this on. How much of the world has a netbook? 10%? 20%? 30%??

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And how many % of the world has netbooks? :)

6. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

The Dodo Bird, Jimmy Hoffa, Leisure Suits, Netbooks.....

2. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

When I read your post it felt like a Old Country Buffet but for computers. I like it

1. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Better screens (with capacitive touch sceens), backlit keyboards, better aesthetics, better ergonomic designs, 3G/4G, thinner, faster, quad core processors, 8GB RAM, HD resolution and overall make more capable of PC level computing. Let's add a 12 megapixel camera that can record and play 1080p video. Sim card slot, so the netbook can function as a phone while using it, allowing a consumer to have one wireless plan. Allow both tablet/phone apps and PC software as the user see's fit along with plenty of storage 640GB for the first generation release. Keep it under $300. There's your innovation. There's the goal. Somebody step up.

3. Nyner unregistered

are you retarded man? we're obv 2 years away from shit like that

4. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

I'm pretty sure he was being facetious. At least I hope so.

5. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

apple will try, but they won't be able to do and will fail big time...

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yeah sure. Apple failed big time, that is why they're worried :)

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