DisplaySearch’s latest Quarterly PC Shipment and Forecast Report has confirmed the netbook trend. More than 38 million netbook computers were sold in the second quarter of 2009, it is a jump of over 40% compared to the first quarter of the year.
Sales of netbooks are growing twice as fast as laptops
The strong growth of netbooks helped them capture a 22.2% share of the portable PC market worldwide, up from 5.6% in second quarter of 2008 and from 17.8% in first quarter of 2009. One if five laptops sold is now a netbook.
Sales of netbooks are growing twice as fast as sales of full-size, traditional laptop computers and brands like Acer, HP and Dell are winning shares of the market.
These trends show why Nokia has decided to release their own Nokia Booklet 3G netbook. The netbook market is very competitive but it is also a very fast-growing market.
Lower price – the big advantage of netbooks
The lower price of netbooks compared to the traditional laptops is their big advantage. In the emerging markets, for many first-time computer buyers, netbooks are now the computer of choice. In some Latin American countries and China the penetration of netbooks is higher than the penetration of laptops.
In other countries, the cheap price of netbooks, makes them a good choice for a portable, secondary computer for business and travel.
And with the upcoming release of the netbook optimized, Google Chrome OS, this trend seems to be continuing.