ABI Research believes sales of ultra-mobile devices will continue to boom over the next five years. Analysts believe shipments of devices like netbooks, UMPCs, MIDs, and mobile consumer electronic devices will achieve 385 million units in 2014, up from only 10 million units in 2010.
ABI Research expects the ultra-mobile device (UMD) market – that is, the shipments of UMPCs, netbooks, MIDs and mobile consumer electronics devices combined – to achieve a 385 million unit size in 2014. The diversity of form-factors and device types we see today will likely continue as vendors look to meet each audience’s unique preferences. A year ago ABI already said that the market of UMDs will reach 200 million units in 2013, up from 10 million in 2010, but now it looks like the growth will be even faster.
“Consumers and business buyers are only recently accustomed to the netbook feature set. Regardless of vendor, the majority of today’s netbooks ship with Intel processors and Windows XP into developed markets,” said ABI’s senior analyst Jeff Orr.