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Tablets Finally Beat Laptop Shipments Thanks to iPad Mini and Nexus 7

By November 30, 2012February 28th, 2023Blog

For the first time in America, tablet shipments are trumping laptop shipments. According to NPH DisplaySearch, this is because of the variety of tablets hitting the market at low price points.

The most popular models of tablet are around the $199 price point, such as the iPad mini and the Nexus 7. These tablets, among other sizes and varieties, are pushing fourth-quarter shipment predictions to 21.5 units, leaving 14.6 million laptops shipped in the dust.

In addition, starting early next year in North America, tablet shipments are expected to finally pass by laptop shipments right off the bat. Predictions currently lie at 80 million tablets versus 63.8 million laptops between January and March of next year.

“This Black Friday and the shopping season to follow will be the fuel to stoke the demand,” writes DisplaySearch. “The $199 price point has increasingly become the target to match or beat with the introductions of Google’s $199 Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 7.”

The Nexus 7 alone is selling over a million a month, and the iPad mini has already seen 2.5 million sales, even with a starting price point of $329.

On a worldwide basis, tablets are still lagging significantly, and aren’t expected to out-ship notebooks until 2015 at the earliest.


Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.