Shipments of tablets to surpass notebooks this year, predicts NPD

Tablet shipments will increase 64 percent this year

Tablet shipments are expected to surpass notebook PC shipments this year, according to the latest research from NPD Display Search.

NPD predicts that tablet shipments will reach 240 million units this year, compared to 207 million notebook shipments. The firm also predicts that tablet shipments will increase more than 64 percent year-over-year in 2013

The NPD prediction is more aggressive than an estimate last month by Gartner that tablet production would increase 38.5 percent year-over-year, to reach 207.1 units in 2013.

Executives began bringing their tablets to the office a couple of years ago, shortly after Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad hit the market. That trend has only accelerated as lower price tablets are now flooding the enterprise. This trend presents serious support and security challenges for IT administrators.

NPD noted that the tablet market has been dominated by Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, but predicted that this year a new class of small tablets will take over the market. Tablets with 7 inch to 8 inch screens are expected to account for 45 percent, or 108 million units, of the market in 2013. The 9.7 inch size will account for 17 percent share of the market or about 41 million units.

While tablets may surpass notebooks in terms of shipments, they will not replace tablets in the enterprise, predicts Forrester analyst David Johnson. Tablets will need to undergo a series of improvements, particularly in the enterprise application and security areas, to replace notebooks, according to a report by our sister publication FierceCIO.

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