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March 25, 2011

Acer To Launch Iconia A500 Tablet

Acer has jumped into the Tablet Bandwagon  when it recently  announced that its Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet will go on sale in the UK on 8 April starting at £449, followed by the Iconia Tab A100 in May, which will also run Android.
At yesterday's briefing in London, Acer showed off its range of tablets, which include 10-inch and 7-inch Android models and a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, the model W500.

The 10-inch A500 Android tablet will be available in the UK from retailers such as Amazon, Comet, John Lewis, HMV and Harrods. The three tablets will initially be available as WiFi only models with 3G alternatives coming around a month later.

A 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM will be at the core of the A500 with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. The A500 will be trimmer than its Windows 7 alternative the W500, weighing 730g, and it will be 13.3mm thick, compared to the W500's 970g and 15.95mm.

The A500 will come with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front webcam as well as HDMI, Bluetooth and a microSDHC slot. Acer says the battery will last up to 10 hours.

Android 2.2 was loaded on the A500 yesterday but Acer has said the device will ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This could  be due to  Google's recent announcement of a delay in releasing Honeycomb.

The A100, which is a smaller 7-inch version of the A500, will also ship with Honeycomb but won't be available until some time in May for around £329. 

March 23, 2011

The Tablet Growth Story Vs Installed Base of Internet, Mobile and Landlines

Apple's iPad tablet is probably the fastest-selling new consumer electronics device ever, but the potential for growth in the tablet market for Apple, Google, RIM and others is still massive.
Only 0.3% of the Earth's inhabitants owned a tablet at the end of 2010, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky notes today in a detailed, 88-page report about the future of the tablet market. That means 99.7% of the people on Earth still haven't bought a tablet yet!

In this chart, Abramsky plots the tiny smartphone and tablet user base (394 million worldwide) versus other market, such as TV subscriptions (600 million), total PCs (1.3 billion), and mobile subscribers (5.1 billion).
Abramsky predicts more than 400 million tablet users worldwide by 2014, including 185 million tablets sold in 2014. But he thinks Google Android, not Apple, will come to lead the market, representing 40% of the 2014 tablet market, versus 34% for Apple, 13% for Microsoft, 8% for BlackBerry, and 5% for HP WebOS.

March 21, 2011

Big Corporations Will Lead Tablet Growth

Enterprises will buy 50 times as many tablets in 2011 as they did in 2010, making them almost as common as netbooks.

That's great news for Apple -- and perhaps some of its tablet competitors like Research In Motion, which is targeting IT departments with features like security.  But it's not great for Microsoft, which won't have a tablet competitor out until Windows 8 in late 2012.

The prediction comes from U.K. market researcher Canalys, which says that enterprises bought about 20,000 tablets (or "pads") in 2010, but will buy more than 1.1 million this year -- a growth rate of more than 5,000%. Canalys also says that netbook sales will increase slightly, from 1.5 million to 1.8 million.

Both numbers pale against sales of traditional notebooks to enterprises, which will increase 11% to 96 million this year, Canalys predicts. Most of those notebooks will run Windows, so Microsoft's hold on the enterprise will remain relatively safe for now.

Canalys expects the notebook PC category to grow nearly 8% in 2011, despite the impact of pads, thanks to the ongoing Windows 7 refresh and improving business confidence in the commercial sector. Netbooks, however, will decline by about 13% to 34 million units. 

Overstocked retail channels in many countries, including the United States, much of Western Europe, China and Indonesia, will further hinder notebook growth in the first part of the year. Even Russia, where high oil prices have led to a PC boom, has become oversupplied.
Political revolutions and protests in the Middle East and North Africa have brought the markets there to a virtual stop, and it is difficult to predict how long this disruption will last. There is a risk that political turbulence will spread even further afield. In addition, the recent events in Japan will mean some short-term disruptions to the supply chain, but it will take weeks to fully assess the damage and consequences. Canalys expects that there will likely be a small noticeable impact to global PC shipments.

But consumerization is a big trend in IT. That means where consumers go, enterprises eventually follow.

And the consumer market contains much worse news for Microsoft. Canalys predicts that Apple and its competitors will sell 50 million tablets (up 200%) to consumers this year, versus 32 million netbooks (down 14%) and 113 million notebooks (up only 5%). 
Overall, Canalys says that every two tablets purchased will replace the sale of one netbook or laptop.