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Friday, 18 November 2011 10:08

PC makers might ditch tablet market

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Unable to take on content backed competition


Several PC makers, including HP, Acer, Asus and Dell, are reportedly planning to reduce their commitment to tablet development or withdraw from the tablet altogether.

According to Digitimes, the outfits believe they are simply unable to compete on a par with content-oriented companies such as Amazon, Apple and Barns & Noble. With very few productivity oriented apps, the tablet market is completely reliant on content consumption. This basically means that companies with vast content libraries have and will have an upper hand.

What’s more, Amazon and Barns & Noble can afford to sell their tablets with very tight margins or even lose money on each unit, as they will simply earn more on content in the long run. This obviously does not apply to the likes of Acer or Asus, which cannot afford to compete with undercut pricing.

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+4 #1 fuadzilla 2011-11-18 10:58
most people don't NEED a tablet. they just want it because it's a fad. that's lousy investment.
 
 
+1 #2 nt300 2011-11-18 12:15
Throw it under the bus. Companies have spent way too much R&D on this junk.
 
 
0 #3 yourma2000 2011-11-18 12:27
A dude in my uni class has an iPad, he doesn't use it though because it's shit at everything so he bought a laptop like a normal person.
 
 
+1 #4 STRESS 2011-11-18 13:37
And there goes nVidia's dream of becoming a big player. JJH's plan was flawed from the start
 
 
0 #5 spigzone 2011-11-18 15:28
Apple and Amazon will dominate Tablets and nVidia has no piece of that action, and in another year will have no piece of the mass market PC and Laptop markets and Intel and AMD are both now concentrating on the markets Tegra is addressing.

JJH's plan didn't really have any good options.
 
 
0 #6 nele 2011-11-18 15:54
Well, they still have the phone market, barely...

But really, what's the use of quad-core processors in phones anyway? Hell, there's no tablet apps that can use their potential, let alone phone apps.
 
 
+1 #7 dicobalt 2011-11-18 23:14
PC companies will release x86 tablets with real versions of Windows, not be locked down like a cell phone, and serve to be the actual next step in personal computing. Expect it in the next 5-10 years.

Apple knows this, that's why there is so much focus on touch in OSX 10.7. Think MacBook touch.
 
 
0 #8 youserzero 2011-11-21 12:52
Quoting dicobalt:
PC companies will release x86 tablets with real versions of Windows, not be locked down like a cell phone, and serve to be the actual next step in personal computing. Expect it in the next 5-10 years.


You mean like the Acer Iconia W500 that is already out? Yeah I hope we see more tablets like that too!
 

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