New Computing Device Form-Factors

A gigantic question looms ahead:  what device or system will consumer and business audiences buy next? Is it their first attempt at this type of purchase, or is this a replacement for an existing device/system?

As recently as 3 years ago, this decision-making process was fairly straightforward. Choices existed between desktop and portable computers. Brand, price, and the desire to use the system in a single fixed or in multiple locations quickly narrowed selection to an outcome. Yet with the advancements made in processor, display, and battery technology, mobile devices have grown beyond the handset to include larger screen tablets. Increasingly, tablets appear to be vying for more of the business and consumer PC budget.

This next-generation mobile devices analysis examines the portable and mobile computing continuum to identify where this potential conflict exists. The future of both portable computing and tablets is explored, offering guidance and recommendations for platform and marketing strategy.

  • 1. INCREASED COMPUTING CHOICES DRIVING FORM-FACTOR SHIFT
    • 1.1. Key Findings
    • 1.2. Computing Definitions
      • 1.2.1. Notebook PCs
      • 1.2.2. Tablets
    • 1.3. Segmenting Mobile Computing from Portable Computing Configurations
    • 1.4. No One-size-fits-all Device Solution
    • 1.5. Market Change is Occurring at the Country Level
    • 1.6. The PC Total Available Market Is Peaking
    • 1.7. OS Fragmentation Hindering Multi-device Continuity
  • 2. IMPACT FOR PC OEMS GREATEST
    • 2.1. Device Synergies and Trade-offs
    • 2.2. Application and Form-factor Considerations
    • 2.3. Education: Benefiting from Differences in Tablet and Portable Computing
  • 3. MOBILE VENDORS BEST POSITIONED FOR NEXT-GEN COMPUTING
    • 3.1. Ecosystem Impact
    • 3.2. Vendors Profiled
    • 3.3. Semiconductors and Platform Architecture
      • 3.3.1. ARM
      • 3.3.2. Intel
      • 3.3.3. NVIDIA
      • 3.3.4. Qualcomm
    • 3.4. PC OEMs
      • 3.4.1. Acer
      • 3.4.2. Apple
      • 3.4.3. ASUS
      • 3.4.4. Dell
      • 3.4.5. Google
      • 3.4.6. Lenovo
      • 3.4.7. Samsung Electronics / Samsung Mobile
    • 3.5. Mobile Device OEMs
      • 3.5.1. Microsoft
      • 3.5.2. Nokia

Tables

  1. Notebook PC Segmentation, Shipments: 2011 to 2018
  2. Notebook PC Segmentation, Shipments: 2011 to 2018
  3. Notebook PC and Tablet Shipment Comparison, Shipments: 2011-2018

Charts

  1. Portable and Mobile Computing Annual Unit Volume, Shipments: 2011 to 2018
  2. Notebook PC Segmentation, Shipments: 2011 to 2018
  3. Notebook PC and Tablet Shipment Comparison, Shipments: 2011 to 2018

Figures

  1. No One-size-fits-all Mobile Device or Portable System
  2. The Impact of Broadband Connectivity on Market-specific Purchase Decisions
  3. OS Fragmentation of Portable and Mobile Devices
  4. Using Application Objectives to Identify Device Synergies
  5. Comparing Tablet+ and Laptop+ Trade-offs
  6. Form-factor Considerations
Purchase

Research Information

Publish Date
2Q 2013
Code
AN-1339
Research Type
Application Analysis Report
Pages
19