Tablet Shipments to Race Ahead of Laptops in Q4 of 2012

Tablet shipments will exceed laptops for the first time in North America, during the fourth quarter of 2012. According to a forecast by Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch, tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of this year will reach 21.5 million units where as only 14.6 million units of laptops will be shipped during this period.

This latest trend is due to the release of various wallet friendly tablet devices like Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Both these devices are available for a price $199. The Black Friday and the shopping season are the other reasons behind this high demand.

People also get a wide choice in terms of tablet sizes. With the introduction of 9.7 inch iPad in 2010, the tablet market has changed. Different manufacturers have come up with tablets that have displays of 7-inch, 7.9-inch, 8.9-inch, 10.1-inch and 10.6-inch. Customers also have different options for Operating System such as Android iOS and Windows 8.

Based on predictions , in North America, tablet shipments will exceed notebook shipments for the first time. The experts predict around 80 million tablets sales as compared to 63.8 million notebooks.

Apple alone has sold nearly 100 million units of the Apple iPad since 2010, and is expected to sell 100 million units in the next year. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is a popular device with almost a million units of the tablet sales in the last month.

After noticing its high sales rate Google has increased the tablet’s storage capacity, and introduced 3G connectivity too.

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