Tablets expected to outsell notebooks in 2013

Tablets expected to outsell notebooks in 2013
As if we needed more proof that tablets are the new big thing in mobile computing. NPD DisplaySearch has come up with a new survey forecasting that tablets will outsell notebooks globally for the first time in 2013.

With sales primarily driven by smaller, inexpensive 7" and 8" models, tablet sales are expected to reach about 240 million units, while laptops - about 207 million. That trend will continue through 2017, when there will probably a lot more tablets in this world than laptops.

As we said, tablet growth will mainly come from the smaller and more inexpensive models. However, the term "inexpensive" is not to be confused with "mediocre" here, as tablet prices have been falling rapidly during the last one or two years, thanks to intense competition from players like Google and Amazon, which are offering powerful hardware at really affordable prices. The role of the vast Chinese market is also to be taken seriously here, as NPD predicts that China will be responsible for the impressive 27% of all tablets sold in 2013.

So, let us ask you, guys: what's better for your lifestyle - a tablet or a notebook?

via: Mashable

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8 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Aren't Notebooks made with real paper? I think the article is referring to Netbook computers. Anyway, I'd prefer a Netbook all day. It's much more useful and I dislike typing on a screen all of the time. I can also use the Netbook to sync my devices, etc... Store photos, music, work, etc. I think Tablets outsell netbooks because it's a more casual device to carry around.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No, the article is correct in referring to them as "notebooks". Netbooks are laptops with a screen around 10-12 inches that is much smaller than what we refer to as a notebook. That's actually how they came up with the name "netbook" was from the other name for laptops: "notebook". Also, there are tablets like the ASUS Transformer that combine the keyboard dock with the tablet. The advantage of a device like the Transformer is that you can write on the screen with a stylus, or if you are typing out long notes you can use the keyboard. It's much easier to navigate using touchscreen (in my opinion) than it is using the trackpad.

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Thanks Dr. Phil! You changed my life.

8. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Well im sure this artice really mentions notebook beacuse netbok is already dead in my opinion tablet can outsell notebooks in 2013 because notebook is lacking major change my notebook resolution is 1920x1080 while the nexus 10 are using 2560x1600 resolution but still tablets canot beats notebook in terms of functionality and hardware,im sure there are no tablet that can beat my msi ge60

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Note book for serious stuff.... tablets for entertainment... Although ubuntu could change this trend....waiting for a ubuntu tablet with full functionality.....come on mark u could make it possible....

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My Asus Transformer Prime with its keypad dock is VERY serious with Office Suite Pro installed. Sure I agree that you STILL can't do as much with a Tablet, but the lines ARE starting to blur & the tech is MOVING in that direction. Tablets are the natural evolution to the PC/LapTop. +1

4. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I absolutely love my Infinity, but when it comes to really taking over 30 minutes to look at something on line, i will always use my notebook/laptop.

7. yero789 unregistered

Notebooks are for me :) Don't like tablets :/

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