According to Acer chairman, JT Wang, the tablet PC fever is already cooling down. He commented on the tablets PC’s impact and effects on the notebook industry.
He further said that since the tablet PC fever has started to cool down, the consumers are once again being attracted to the notebooks. The main attractions for the notebooks are Intel’s Ultrabooks and the Microsoft’s Window 8.
Wang also told that Acer has carried out many surveys which reveal the fact that many people have a rising interest in Ultrabooks. Acer is all set to debut its Ultrabook in the coming September with a price tag of $799.
Many people in the PC industry have agreed with Wang, claiming that where tablet PCs are simply being marketed for entertainment purposes, the notebooks apart from providing the same entertainment, are also a great tool for leaning and working. Therefore keeping this view in mind Wang has predicted that soon the tablet PC maker will reach a saturation point after which the sales of tablet PCs will become stagnant and at this point the consumer’s interest in notebooks will be refreshed.
Acer and Asustek Computer are set to launch their Ultrabooks in September. Apart from them, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba are also going to launch their Ultrabook models in the 4th quarter of 2011 or in the first quarter of 2012. Even the Taiwan-based manufacturers of components like hinges, batteries and frameworks have started making small pilot productions. They are all set to begin mass shipments in the 4th quarter.
Jim Wong, Acer president noted that Ultrabooks will account for only a small portion of notebook shipments in the year 2011. But this percentage is expected to reach up to 25 to 35% in 2012. This number is very close to the prediction made by Intel that says the percentage will reach up to 40% by the end of 2012.
As far as Windows 8 is concerned, Wang says that the operating system will be boosting the sales of notebooks than tablet PCs. Notebooks will also benefit from brand vendors during the sales season in 2012 since the operating system’s launch will be very close to that period.