Tablets overtake laptops in display shipments in October

While you will never truly kill off the desktop PC, you can start to integrate the feature of laptop and tablets into the systems. All-in-one, touchscreen PC’s are the best example of all three devices being combined into one, fully functional device. The traditional laptop however, that’s a different story.

For the first time, laptop display shipments have been surpassed by their touch capable tablet brethren. While it’s a far cry from signalling the death knell of the laptop, it’s a trend that is only likely to continue.

Since the release of Apple's iPad, tablet sales have been growing at a phenomenal rate. And with great competition in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range, Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, it’s never been better to purchase a tablet.

There is a theory that tablets, with a quicker hardware refresh cycle, will be replaced by consumers, without too much thought, every two years, whereas laptops can hold their value for longer. It’s this theory that could explain the new shipment figures. DisplaySearch has given their take on the situation:

  • Laptop PC supply chains have slow moving inventory – panel shipments were down nearly four million units in Q3
  • OEMs bought fewer displays, preparing for new designs due to Windows 8
  • Tablets are being purchased as gifts for the holiday season, causing makers to buy more stock

While tablets, in general, are estimated to sell upwards of 21.5 million units, over 14.6 million laptops, in Q4, laptop hybrid devices are most likely being classes as tablets as well, so this is probably skewing the figures. However, how much is anyones guess right now!

Source and image: DisplaySearch
Via: Maximum PC

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so, what are we considering convertibles then? we've had laptops that are tablets and vise versa for years now.. is it a tablet, a laptop, neither or both? how about we get better categories than just tablet and laptop....

Tablets are a low cost impulse buy product. People are replacing their old tablets with new tablets yearly. Meanwhile, the laptop market consists of products that people expect at least 3-4 years out of before they replace. Difference between an emerging market and an established one.

Current labels are becoming irrelevant, soon they won't matter at all. For the vast majority of users, all the power they want will be available in a machine that has a detachable screen so you will have the best all three worlds. Portability, power and light form factor touch screen. We'll soon see how limited OSs like android and iOS won't be necessary due to hardware improvements but will still be around for quite some time for other reasons.

Tablets will replace laptops and PCs in the future....

just like how typewriters previously being replaced by PCs..

lomas said,
Tablets will replace laptops and PCs in the future....

just like how typewriters previously being replaced by PCs..

Typewriters-PC case is more like Pagers and Cell phone not laptop/desktop and Tablet. Just like Desktop and Laptop, Tablets are just another form factor of PC. All three forms have different combinations of power and portability. So just like Laptops didn't killed Desktops, all three will co-exist.

lomas said,
Tablets will replace laptops and PCs in the future....

just like how typewriters previously being replaced by PCs..

A tablet is far from replacing a powerful desktop. I agree that it can replace a laptop. When a tablet can run my games at max resolution and run 4 virtual machines at the same time, then I'm in.

Win 8 makes the line between laptops and tablets very blurry. A lot of the Win 8 tablets also have keyboard docks, sometimes with another battery + larger hard drive inside them (like the Asus Transformer Book) which basically turns them in to full Ultrabooks. I think these are the future and will replace pretty much all laptops.

I use laptop as a replacement for desktop because of the mobility and high performance, please tell me how can tablet with keyboard dock replace desktop, It can't, therefore tablets cant replace laptops , even if you pin keyboard to them and start calling them ultrabooks.

lmaobox said,
I use laptop as a replacement for desktop because of the mobility and high performance, please tell me how can tablet with keyboard dock replace desktop, It can't, therefore tablets cant replace laptops , even if you pin keyboard to them and start calling them ultrabooks.

I am planning to replace my personal laptop with Surface Pro which is more of a laptop than tablet so I agree with 1Pixel that Windows 8 has blurred the line.

lmaobox said,
I use laptop as a replacement for desktop because of the mobility and high performance, please tell me how can tablet with keyboard dock replace desktop, It can't, therefore tablets cant replace laptops , even if you pin keyboard to them and start calling them ultrabooks.

Tablet hybrids can easily replace laptops. What i'm talking about are Win 8 tablets with Intel Core i7 CPU's. They're nothing like iToys and Android tablets.

For instance look at the Surface Pro, or the Asus Transformer Book i mentioned, it has an i7, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, larger screen sizes (up to 14") plus another Hard Drive in the dock itself (up to 500GB). It can easily replace a laptop, and can literally do anything a laptop can. If anything it's more capable and has advantages, because the extra battery in the dock almost doubles the battery life compared to a typical laptop and you generally get more connectors as well (both on the tablet and dock).