IDC Forecasts Mini Notebook Market to be Down, But Not Out, from Glancing Blow by Media Tablets

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IDC News Release, 11/9/10

One year ago, mini notebook PCs, or netbooks, were seen by many as the device that would fundamentally reshape the PC industry. Today, that expectation is being laid upon the media tablet, as exemplified by the Apple iPad. While many feel that media tablets will bring about the death of mini notebooks, a new International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast shows that a viable market will continue to drive growth for these highly portable computing devices.

“IDC does not expect media tablets to bring about the death of mini notebooks, although there’s no question that the focus of attention has shifted to these newer devices,” said Bob O’Donnell, program vice president, Clients and Displays.

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