PC vendors may be readying to abandon tablets

PC vendors may be readying to abandon tablets
This is definitely news that we never expected to see. Apparently, there are rumors that some tablet makers are going to bow out of the race because they don't believe they can compete in a market with the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. 

Today, the DigiTimes reported that anonymous sources in the component supply chain are saying that HP, Acer, Asustek and Dell may give up on tablets next year. Supposedly, a big reason is that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are bringing very inexpensive options to market, although even before those tablets hit the market HP, Acer and Dell hadn't been able to gain much market share. We're surprised to see Asus on the list though, because the Transformer was the best selling Android tablet for a time. 

There is also talk that the slowdown in iPad demand is proving that the tablet market as a whole is slowing down, but we're not sure the PC market is the solution to that lag. More likely, all of these devices are finding their niches (and all devices are niche devices now, even traditional laptops,) and the markets are settling. Some manufacturers are also waiting on Windows 8 before making a real run at the tablet game, because Windows 8 is expected to be something of a game-changer. Especially given that it is expected to offer the same apps across tablets and PCs. 

Obviously, time will tell, but what do you guys think: has the tablet market already peaked?

source: DigiTimes via BGR

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50 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ASUS did well and i'd hate to see them removed from the Tablet space but the others i don't care about. :P

2. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I dont know of you guys read the article in yahoo. Research says consumers only use their tablet once a week. And the prices between laptops and tablets are like a hundred bucks difference. Students will surely pick laptops to make papers

3. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I dont think ASUS will bow out but the others, I can see them waiting instead for Win 8 to come to tablets which will make more sense for them given their history with PCs. I do think that the tablet market will get seriously competitive once Win 8 comes to. For now Ice Cream and iOS will most likely go back and forth with Android once again grabbing some serious market share and Win 8 right behind it with Apple most likely in third.

15. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wow are you seriously saying Android will beat Windows? THE WINDOWS? Tablets from Apple, Android and the others expensive tablets had their chance, but once Windows 8 is released I see only the iPad surviving the onslaught of tablets/pc carrying it thanks to the zillion of i-sheeep, that and the cheap tablets like the Amazon and B&N

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

If tablets could run the same programs as PCs like auto cad, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of duty, Powerpoint, Office, ect thats when we'll see Tablets take off I hear this is what Windows 8 is supposed to do so we'll just have to wait to see in the mean time get a kindle fire its the best quality for the best price

6. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Beside autocad, office, powerpoint you can't run cod and skyrim on a laptop either if that's not called dell alienware worth 2k bucks...on a i7 920 & nvidia 512mb laptop could barely run wow on high settings.

13. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

amazingly, there are auto cad app in the android market

5. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I know it sounds weird,but I enjoy the hell out of my netbook,as of today tablets are not my thing.I don't get what I really need from them. I had a Dell Streak 7 and I borrowed and iPad2 for a week and like I said,not my thing,maybe someday.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

There is no tablet market. Only an iPad market.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I think things like this is why so many people have issues with you, I could be wrong.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's funny but we know you trollin'. >:P

43. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Taco, you know I always try to be fair with you, but I find it completely unacceptable that you go through Apple articles and ask people to "stop trolling", then post some BS like this.

8. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

to me; a tablet is just a giant smartphone... and with phones having 4.65" screens they're not too far away from tablets i don't think. especially the 7" galaxy tab etc.. i think 10.1 is the perfect size for a tablet but when it really comes down to it whatever i'd do on a tab i would just as easily (lol maybe easily) do on my Droid Incredible 2... which is like 3 generations old now i think lol maybe 4... *crosses fingers for another 4" screen to be released*

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think asus was just put on the list because its a PC vendor. they are makin money on the transformer, so i doubt they would bow out. the transformer 2 looks to be a frikkin monster. If it doesnt take top spot, I'd be surprised. Samsung is only ahead at this point because of brand recognition and the extra sales they get by being sold at carriers. the Asus is definitely the better buy (though they are both great tablets, not saying otherwise) As far as the other guys.. goodbye. Next time dont put out crap products and maybe they will sell. ya also gotta remember, right now tablets are a niche market. compared to smartphone sales, its a marginal device. we get all excited about this n that, but when you look at scale, tablets are still just a blip on the radar.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yes, yes, the King concurs! ;D

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Only the resident village idiot would say 50+ million tablets sold on a worldwide basis would be considered a niche market.

21. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Compared to laptops- yes it is a niche market. That is who the Tablet market (or iPad market if you so choose to keep our Apple readers happy) is competing against. PC makers are sticking to where the largest market is. It may be short sighted. Or, tablets (or iPads only) just may not be the monster seller they were supposed to be. Maybe they will never replace laptops. {Than snowgator cowers in the corner after making such a suggestion, waiting to be pelted with eggs and rotten fruit...}

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the King values snowgator's input!

30. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> Compared to laptops- yes it is a niche market. Sorry that is NOT correct. I understand there are a lot of civilians on this site, but niche market has a specific meaning in business. The term refers to custom-made like made-to-order shops or shops with limited production runs. For example, Vertu products would be considered a niche market. It's a niche, it's not meant for mass consumption. We know the tablet is NOT a niche market because the iPad helped displaced as much as 25% of the laptop and netbook market. Tablets is not a niche market by a long shot.

32. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I'll accept that. Niche was a bad word. Tablets are building their own market. By your reasonable definition they cannot fall into both catagories. I am just starting to doubt Tablets will really replace laptops. It is still a young market, I know. But Laptops are much more established, much smaller and more powerful than they have ever been before, and are much more available to the average consumer in many more markets. For that matter, laptops never replaced PC's the way they were predicted to in the late 90's. There is something to be said for sticking with what works.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SG, Tablets will probably replace laptops, just not as soon as some people hoped. Tablets right now are by and large.. toys. they are not viable for regular every day heavy business use. With neat things like asus's keyboard attachment, that helps, but a tablet OS is not designed for heavy use like a business person would need. I completly thing that W8 will help push tablets in that direction though. If they are successfull enough they will push apple and android to get more "heavy use" friendly, lest they stay a niche. Apple probably doesnt care though, as its making a fat mint off of what its selling already, so as long as it doesnt start losing sales, iOS probably wont change much.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Ardent, i'm continuing to treat you with respect while you still throw childish insults that are better left for the kindergarden. I also think its funny that you continue to side with taco, yet try to convince people IM the village idiot. Hasnt worked well so far has it? Maybe you should try growing up a little.. mr "businessman" :)

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

And for now, niche would be a proper word as its mostly used for gaming and media. But if you want to take offence with that word then how about infantile market. 75 million divided by 7 billion is 1.07% of the worlds population. Not much.

44. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think that eventually all electronic devices will fit niche markets. The "business meaning" doesn't matter, because we're using 2 of the general dictionary meanings of the word "niche": 1) a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: 2) a distinct segment of a market. The days of one-size-fits-all devices is passing, now we have niche devices for all segments. If you need something for directions and short communication there are smartphones, tablets are for content consumption and browsing the web on the toilet, netbooks are for productivity in highly mobile situations, ultrabooks are for productivity in portable situations, laptops are being relegated to productivity in home use, and desktops are for heavy users. Widespread consumer adoption has no bearing on whether it is a niche device or whether the tablet market is a niche segment. The functionality of the device and how people use the device make it a niche product.

50. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

There is a definition for "niche" and there is a definition for "market" but when you use the term "niche market" that is a business term with a specific meaning. Niche devices is not the same as niche markets. A device does not a market make. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/niche+market

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ardent just today remix has said MobileMe was not a cloud service, iPhone doesn't have gorilla glass and iPhone didn't multitask. This despite the fact I provided links to all three subjects showing he was wrong.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

MobileMe is actually a cloud service so i guess you were right there but the iPhone doesn't have Gorilla Glass and the iPhone does not truly multitask.

29. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

@KingKurogiii So long as the program (now called app) doesn't close, it's considered multitasking. Basically, when you can run two or more programs at the same time, it was and still is considered multitasking. My iPod Touch 4 and iPad 2 does multitasking since I can watch a movie, pause, play a game, pause, surf the web, go back to movie where I left off, etc.

34. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Ardent, leave the insults out of it. It is not needed. It is a sign you are way too worried about remixfa if you are trying to belittle him instead of just disagreeing with him. Your posts are too intellegent to do that to yourself.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

see, now i know your talking about taco. it was nice while he was gone, huh.

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