Global tablet sales are still well below PC shipments. But one analyst is predicting tablets will overtake PCs by the fourth quarter of this year, or the first quarter of 2013.
Tablet sales are currently about 55-60 million per quarter, while PC sales are in the low 80 million range. But according to analyst Sameer Singh, the tablet market is very similar to the modern smartphone market (Android and iOS phones, as opposed to Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, and BlackBerry smartphones), which allows him to compare 16 quarters of phone sales
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2013 CES Top Takeaways
February 13, 2013
Product demos that attract throngs on the trade show floor don't always end up pulling crowds into stores. If they did, we'd all be using MiniDiscs and Palm Pre smartphones.
Certainly, this past 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show had its share of products that got a lot of attention but won't translate into retail success. There was a lot of noise about (and best-of accolades for) the Razer Edge gaming system, for example. But starting at $999 it's unlikely to be a success, especially because casual gaming on smartphones and tablets is eviscerating the console market. And Windows 8 laptops were well represented at the show but will likely continue to get a lukewarm response from consumers.
Coby Ships New Tablet
February 11, 2013
Coby Electronics said this week that its new MID7065 Android tablet is now shipping, at the low retail price of $139.99. The 7-inch tablet is the first with both Google Play and Google Mobile Services.