Research Firm: Tablets Will Outship Notebooks by 2016

Research firm NPD DisplaySearch thinks tablet shipments will exceed laptop shipments in the next few years.
News Jul 3rd 2012

Research firm NPD DisplaySearch expects tablet shipments to exceed laptop shipments by 2016, likely due to consumer desire for more portability.

"Consumer preference for mobile computing devices is shifting from notebook to tablet PCs," NPD DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim said in a press release on Tuesday. 

The firm expects notebook sales to increase from 208 million units this year to 393 million units by 2017. Tablet shipments, however, will reportedly grow much faster, increasing fourfold from 121 million units this year to 416 million units in 2017.