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Consultancy/market research firm NPD DisplaySearch has released its Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, with all numbers and trending indicating the massive wave of popularity the devices are enjoying worldwide.
Among the study’s findings and forecasts were the following:
- 72.7 million tablet PCs were shipped in 2011, representing a growth rate year-on-year of 256%.
- Tablet PC shipments will reach 383.3 million units in 2017, representing average annual growth of about 33%.
- Tablets with 250ppi to 300ppi screens will make up almost 25% of shipments in 2012.
NPD senior analyst Richard Shim, commented: “In the short term, tablet PCs will be the growth accelerant in the overall mobile PC market, as macroeconomic factors and hard drive motor supply issues impact the market for notebook PCs.”