Consumer notebook shipments to grow 36.5% in 2008
Consumer notebook shipments are forecast to display continued double-digit growth in 2008, expected at 36.5%. Several ultraportable models were announced in Q2 2008, from international as well as local PC vendors – including French retailer Surcouf, which is planning to launch La Revolution, its own branded low-cost ultraportable and has already signed with Orange and SFR to bundle the machine with broadband connection. SMBs also continue to migrate to mobile platforms, with the share of notebooks reaching 57% (versus 50% in Q4 2007). The renewal of the installed base, the replacement of desktops by notebooks, and continued adoption of laptops boosted notebook growth close to 36% in Q1 2008 and healthy growth is expected to be maintained over the next few quarters – adversely impacting desktop shipments, which are set to continue contracting, according to IDC.