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Global UMD shipments to top 385M in 2014

Posted: 29 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultramobile device? UMD market? UMPC? netbook?

ABI Research forecasts that shipments ultramobile devices (UMD), including ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), netbooks mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and mobile consumer electronics devices, will reach 385 million units in 2014. The diversity of form factors and device types we see today will likely continue as vendors look to meet each audience's unique preferences.

"Consumers and business buyers are only recently accustomed to the netbook feature set," says Jeff Orr, senior analyst, ABI Research. "Regardless of vendor, the majority of today's netbooks ship with Intel processors and Windows XP into developed markets." As uptake continues, developing markets will become the larger opportunity leveraging both ARM-based processors and Linux OS. The premium netbook category will also be established, offering larger screens and greater choices in connectivity solutions. Given little distinction today in feature-set and a relatively small price band, brands are differentiating themselves on aesthetics and build quality.

Pocketable MIDs remain a far more interesting product segment to watch, says Orr, as the market is still emerging. While the most common product design remains the tablet form, competing form factors such as models with slider keyboards, clamshells and touchscreen-only interfaces are gaining in popularity. "However, there is a danger that the MID market will disappear before it gets the chance to mature, as smart phones increase in popularity and mimic most if not all tasks performed by MIDs."

One can also expect the line distinguishing MIDs from smart phones to blur as MIDs add voice, such as Nokia has done with its N900 Internet Tablet.





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