Taiwanese supply chain makers revealed to DigiTimes that global demand of tablet computers is anticipated to hit 130 million units next year, possibly exceeding demand for desktop computers. Last year tablet sales reached 60 million units, with Apple accounting for the lionshare with 40 million iPads. This year tablet sales may top the 90-95 million unit mark.
Since more tablet PC hybrids will appear in 2013 with some even featuring traditional PC functions, the tablet PC market is likely to enjoy surging growth similar to that of the smartphone market, helping its shipments to trail closely behind global notebook shipments.
Speaking about tablets, over at VR Zone is an interesting editorial about how tablets have now beaten notebooks in terms of resolution and aspect ratio. While the average laptop is stuck with an abysmal 16:9 screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, or 1920 x 1080 at best, it's pretty sad to see that 10" quad-core tablets now offer screens with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, and that Apple's new iPad has a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.
If tablets have it, why not notebooks then? Remember, not too ago, the top gaming or workstation notebooks had 1920x1200 resolution, while now, two CPU refreshes after, the resolution went DOWN to 1920x1080, and the productivity went down much further with the extra scrolling need during the actual work due to too wide moviescreen. But no worries, at least those avid gamers or enthusiasts paying top dollar for such notebooks can - as I said before - play ANGRY BIRDS better on widescreen... can see all the birds and pigs at the same time, isn't it?