Market researchers from DRAMeXchange estimate total PC sales, excluding tablets, will soar 11.8 percent in 2011 to reach 350.2 million units. The growth is largely attributed to mobile computers, notebooks (including netbooks) will grow 15.7 percent to 222.7 million units, while desktop PCs are expected to increase 6.1 percent to 127 million units.
However, since its launch in April 2010 more than 7.5 million iPads have shipped and the tablet PC market will more than double to reach 51.3 million units in 2011, heavily cannibalizing the netbook computer market. Meanwhile Notebook unit growth will continue at a stronger rate than desktop computer shipments, DRAMexchange predicts.
The desktop computer market will increase 6.1 percent in 2011 to 127 million units, while the notebook (netbook included) market will increase to 15.4 percent to 222.7 million units The netbook market is set to decline 2 percent to 32.6 million units in 2011.