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Computex 2013: Where Mobility and Convergence Ruled

Published: 09 July 2013

ID: G00253512

Analyst(s): CK Lu , Tracy Tsai

Summary

The convergence of mobile computing devices was the focus of Computex 2013, particularly Intel's "2 in 1" device (a notebook and a tablet) and the "phablet" (a phone with a screen size between 5.5 and 6.9 inches). Here, we outline the event's impact on computing device vendors.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Intel's new Ultrabooks, combining a tablet and notebook in one device, will shift user preference away from traditional notebooks and premium tablets, which will increasingly challenge vendors' capability to manage device diversity in light of dynamic product segmentation driven by user needs
  • More multinational PC vendors launching low-cost tablets with Chinese vendor application processors will accelerate the penetration of basic tablets, especially in emerging markets, and will pose an increasing threat to small local white-box tablet vendors
  • Most smartphone technologies released at Computex 2013, such as larger screens, more powerful processors and stylus pens, create a tabletlike experience, which provides PC vendors opportunities to enter the smartphone market with phablets

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