Netbooks to Grow Despite iPad

Posted by at 9:31 pm on May 10, 2010

Netbook sales are still expected to grow even in the face of the iPad may be taking business away, per a   study by iSuppli. While growth has slowed from the red line pace of last year but should still see growth by 25.5 percent to 209.5 million Netbooks. The prediction came that the gradual end to the worldwide economic slump wouldn’t necessarily end sales of netbooks at the same time.

Full-size notebooks are still expected to grow and could top 160.5 million systems in 2010, but the category would be growing slower, at just 21.5 percent. The ultra-thin notebook field, which usually runs Intel ULV processors, is set to become the fastest-growing category and could nearly double its shipments.

Acer was the leader in netbooks last year as the Aspire One had 37 percent and knocked ASUS down to 21 percent. HP, Samsung and Dell followed behind. Combined, the top five controlled 90 percent of the field, leaving even major companies like Lenovo and Toshiba with just a slim portion of the industry.

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