PC Sales Set to Plummet Even Further as Tablets Hit Below the US$100 Mark
(News4us.com) April 20, 2013
As the price barrier between pc’s and tablets grows even wider, the news for consumers can only be positive and eagerly accepted.
First there was the announcement this week from Intel CEO Paul Otelini that touch devices are going to soon start appearing at prices as low as $200. With the cheapest of these devices running on non Windows operating systems.
Android tablets were set to lead the way for these cheaper priced touch devices, with other leading industry figures stating that Intel would be actively promoting Android convertible notebooks and that Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus would be launching these products in the not too distant future.
Then you have the Chinese manufacturers producing these inexpensive entry-level tablets with retail price levels below the US$100 mark, with 7-8 inch screen tablets at US$70-80/unit.
China-based supply chain makers are on target to ship 100 million tablets this year alone in the Chinese market. The only other name brand tablet to match these sales figures in the Chinese Market is Apple.
As more tier-one brands such as Acer, Lenovo and HP quickly enter the market with these inexpensive tablets to take advantage of this growing price barrier.
The onus grows on the pc manufacturers who have enjoyed an enviable monopoly on technological sales in the past, to try and match this extremely competitive pricing structure through cheaper components and software without sacrificing the end quality of their product.
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