Netbook Shipments, Revenues Up in '09
According to a new report by DisplaySearch, the mini-note, or netbook, category of portable PC's shipped 33.3 million units in 2009, a 103 percent increase over 2008, in which only 16.4 million units shipped. Netbook revenue hit $11.4 billion this year, an increase in 7 percent over 2008's $6.65 billion figure. This is the only category of portable PC to show growth in 2009. The report suggests that low prices make the devices attractive not only to consumers, but also to wireless service providers who can increase revenue by subsidizing netbooks as part of their data plans.
Said DisplaySearch Director of Notebook Market Research John F. Jacobs, "Mini-notes continue to be a significant piece of the notebook PC pie, in terms of both units and revenue. However, our long-term outlook is that the mini-note share of the notebook PC market has stabilized, and will remain at approximately 20% through 2011 before starting to erode."
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