Asus & Acer Netbook Shipments Decline Due to Tablet PCs

December 3, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Tablets were meant to trigger revolutions in the gadget world when they were introduced. Well, they made some changes and are still making – on the performance chart of many machine giants in the market. Recent studies show that Asus is getting the tablet lesson the hard way with its netbook shipments getting considerable dent from tablet effect.

Due to the presence and popularity of iPads and other similar tablet devices in the market, netbook manufacturers like Asus and Acer are witnessing declining shipments for their netbook products, reveals recent industry reports.

Asus shipped 5.8 million netbooks in 2008 and 6.8 million in 2009, which constituted 45% of company’s total shipments during that period. It is expected to ship at least 7 million netbooks by the end of this year.

But a recent estimate says that the company may witness shrinking netbook shipments, it reaching 4.5 million in 2011. This will be a 25% decline in its last year’s netbook shipments.

Acer, another major player in the industry is also expecting similar trends in its export figures as far netbook products are concerned.

They shipped 7 million netbooks in 2010 but expect shipment of lesser units in 2011. Well, things do keep on changing, right?

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