Canaccord sees slow PlayBook sales as iPad 2 continues to dominate tablet market

By on September 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Canaccord sees slow PlayBook sales as iPad 2 continues to dominate tablet market

Slower than expected sell-through of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has prompted investment bank Canaccord Genuity to slash its sales estimates for RIM’s first tablet. BGR noted last week that Best Buy’s Labor Day sale likely indicated slow sell-through of at least one PlayBook model, and it looks like a recent round of checks jibes with our take. Canaccord analysts Michael Walkley and Matt Ramsay wrote in a research note that multiple retailers are seeing less than impressive sales of RIM’s slate. “Our August checks continue to indicate soft sales of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook with some retailers recently lowering prices on the device in attempt to move inventory,” the analysts said. As a result, Walkley slashed his full-year PlayBook sales projection substantially to 1.5 million units from earlier estimates of 2.2 million tablets. Read on for more. More →

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ASUS may sell 2 million tablets this year

By on August 4, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

ASUS may sell 2 million tablets this year

Taiwan-based PC and smartphone vendor Asustek is expected increase its tablet sales forecast for the full year to 2 million units. Taiwan Economic News reports that the increased estimates would follow strong Eee Pad Transformer demand, as well as Asustek general manager Kevin Lin’s recent comments that ASUS was the No. 2 tablet vendor in Taiwan last quarter. Despite some reports to the contrary, most agree that ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been a big hit for the vendor. The company’s first Honeycomb tablet sold out quickly at retail locations when it was released earlier this year, and high demand kept shipments up for several months. ASUS also recently unveiled its second convertible tablet, the Padfone, which is expected to launch later this year, combining a 10.1-inch tablet with a standalone 4.3-inch Android smartphone. More →

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More than 320M PCs, 48M tablets to ship in 2011

By on July 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM.

More than 320M PCs, 48M tablets to ship in 2011

Taiwan-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute expects roughly 360 million combined personal computers and media tablets to ship in 2011, Taiwan Economic News reports. MIC sees PC shipments growing 6.6% over 2010 to land at more than 320 million units this year, and it thinks shipments of media tablets like Apple’s iPad 2ill w exceed 48 million units in 2011, up 198% from 2010. MIC senior industry analyst Chris Wei notes that the improving global economy and replacement PC purchases in the enterprise market would be largely responsible for this year’s growth. Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf recently estimated that Apple would ship 30 million iPad tablets in 2011, but the company will likely far exceed that figure if tablet shipments are indeed to surpass 48 million units as MIC predicts. More →

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Acer lowers Q1 guidance as iPad 2 rocks PC industry

By on March 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM.

Acer lowers Q1 guidance as iPad 2 rocks PC industry

Shares of Acer stock were down nearly 7% on the Taiwan Stock Exchange Tuesday on news that the PC manufacturer had unexpectedly and significantly lowered it’s first-quarter sales estimates. The PC maker had previously estimated its first-quarter PC sales would grow 3% from the previous quarter. Now, Acer has adjusted its forecast, saying it expects sales to drop 10% compared to the prior quarter. Asustek, an Acer competitor, is also struggling with similar sales declines in the first quarter. Acer cites weakened demand in the U.S. and Western Europe for the drop off in sales. The emerging tablet market lead by Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 devices is also seen as largely contributing to the decline in PC sales. Acer expects its net profit margin to drop below 2% in the first quarter from 2.93% in the previous quarter, though it predicts that second-quarter PC shipments will reverse the downward trend, growing by 10% over first-quarter sales. More →

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IDC: Led by iPad, 17 million tablets shipped in 2010

By on January 19, 2011 at 3:33 AM.

IDC: Led by iPad, 17 million tablets shipped in 2010

Research firm IDC said on Tuesday that 17 million consumer tablets shipped in 2010 according to its Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker. In a press release, the firm also stated that the tablet market’s remarkable third-quarter growth of 45% was due almost entirely to sales of Apple’s iPad. Calling them “media tablets,” IDC says 4.8 million consumer tablets were shipped globally in the third quarter, up from 3.3 million units in Q2, and approximately 4.2 million of them were iPads. “The media tablet market’s rapid evolution will continue to accelerate in 4Q10 and beyond with new product and service introductions, channel expansion, price competition and experimentation with new use cases among consumers and enterprises,” said IDC’s research director in charge of mobile connected devices, Susan Kevorkian. Hit the jump for IDC’s press release. More →

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