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Stamford, Conn. – Gartner is estimating that 2.32 billion tablets, PCs and mobile phones will ship worldwide this year, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012.
The report, issued today, did not contain any surprises. Tablet shipments are expected to jump 53.4 percent to 184.4 million and mobile phones will grow at a much slower 3.7 percent with 1.8 billion units shipped.
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Stamford, Conn. – Gartner became the latest research firm to forecast a double-digit drop in shipments and massive tablet growth for 2013.
Desktop and notebook computer shipments are set to decline 10.6 percent to 305.2 million units worldwide this year and continue falling another 5.3 percent to 289.2 million in 2014.
Meanwhile tablet shipments will grow 67.9 percent to 201.8 million in 2013 and 36.8 percent to 276.2 million next year.
New York — Hewlett-Packard continued its spring computer roll out today introducing new laptops, desktop towers and a 20-inch portable all-in-one PC.
The central theme among all the products is touch, with the majority of notebooks and desk-bound computers sporting touchscreens.
The portable all-in-one PC, dubbed the HP Envy Rove, is designed as a standard AIO, but with the ability to be laid down flat on a table so it can be used by several people at once, said Xavier Lauwaert, HP’s product marketing worldwide desktops manager.
New York — Toshiba today unveiled a new premium brand called Kira that is part of the company’s move to present a higher-profile image to consumers.
The first Kira product to be rolled out is a three-SKU line of 13-inch Ultrabooks dubbed Kirabooks. These will have prices starting at $1,599 and will join Toshiba’s Satellite- and Portege-branded models. The Ultrabooks are only the initial Kira products. The company plans to roll out additional models in not only the computer, but also in other product categories.
El Segundo, Calif. — The time when more computer memory was considered a necessity for improved PC performance may be coming to an end.
A recent study by IHS iSuppli indicated that design changes — including the adoption of ultra-slim laptops and the fact that Windows 8 did not require additional DRAM to function properly — has OEMs scaling back how much memory is now being placed in devices.
Las Vegas – Samsung Electronics rolled out its International CES offerings early introducing today two new Ultrabooks.
The new devices, the Chronos and Ultra, are part of the Samsung Series 7 family.
The Ultra is a super-slim model featuring a 13.3-inch Full HD display. There is also an option to add a 10-point multi-touch to the Ultra. The device weighs 3.6 pounds and has a bare metal finish.
El Segundo, Calif. – Shoppers are not being swayed by the hype surrounding Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs, but are sticking with low-priced laptops and desktops.
Also causing sales problems for these high-end systems are the public’s infatuation with tablets and smartphones.
IHS iSuppli reported that only 6 percent of computer sales took place in the premium, $1,000 or higher, price band in 2012.
New York – Microsoft at midnight today, after months of anticipation, officially launched Windows 8, the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8.
The new operating system is the software giant’s strongest attempt to break into the tablet market and expand its presence in mobile phones.