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Tablets To Overtake Desktop Sales By 2015, Laptops Will Still Reign

Forrester Tablet Sales Chart

Remember when the Commodore 64 and Amiga systems came out, getting people to ditch those systems for better computers was a real pain in the butt, half the nation just wanted to leave good enough alone. Today it’s very different, people are willing to dispose of their PCs and head to Tablets in huge numbers, at least that’s what a new study is stating.

Thanks to the success of the Apple iPad it’s believed that the onslaught of tablet devices will lead to a computer revolution, much like the laptop did for the computer industry years early and on a smaller level what the netbook has done for the portable electronics industry.

Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said at the Untethered Conference on Thursday that sales wise tablets will see a huge upward swing, with this year closing at three and a half million units sold and 2015 closing closer to 20.4 million units.

In comparison the PC is expected to sell 18.7 million units in 2010 and then drop to 15.7 million units in 2015. The chart shown above shows how Tablet PCs could actually conquer the PC market by 2012, overtaking netbooks with an 18% to 17% market take. While 2013 will see a 21% versus 17% market share, with desktops sitting at just 20% of the overall market.

Fear not laptop users, sales are only expected to fall from 45% of the market in 2010 to 42% in 2015.

So where do your alliances stand? Personally I love my laptop and will probably still be sitting in that remaining 42% of laptop users in 2015. [via SlashGear]

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16 Responses to “Tablets To Overtake Desktop Sales By 2015, Laptops Will Still Reign”

  1. Qazi Abdul Basit

    love the laptop way of doing my work, tablets are very basic lacking a full OS or development environment for now, so I will stick to my durable laptop.

  2. Matt Tysoe

    When it comes to CAD, games, video editing nothing will beat the desktop. It doesn't matter how much tablets/laptops catch up – desktop technology will always move on too, so the relative gap is always maintained. Granted, desktops are becoming more of a niche for geeks, high end users etc but then how many people do you see on the road in a supercar?

    I love my handheld device for on the move – but my 3960X CPU is absolutely GODLIKE.

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