Sales of notebook PCs should rise a whopping 25.5 percent this year to 209.5 million units driven by growth in Sony VGP-BPS9 battery netbooks and a new class of low power notebooks created by Intel Corp., according to a new report from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Despite the worldwide recession last year, consumers were enthusiastic about Sony VGP-BPS2B battery notebook PCs, a trend that will persist in 2010 especially for the markets two fastest-growing segments," said Peter Lin, senior computer analyst at iSuppli. The CULV designs should grow 93 percent to 14.5 million units in 2010.
ISuppli defines netbooks as portables costing less than $500 with display smaller than 10.2 inches. Mainstream notebooks still comprise the brunt of the market at 160.5 million units, and they are still expanding at a 21 percent VGP-BPS9/S growth rate this year, iSuppli predicted.
By contrast, AsusTek Computer Inc. which launched the netbook craze with its eePC design saw its market share slide from 37 to 21 percent last year, shipping 5.5 million Sony VGP-BPS2 battery netbooks. Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Dell took third, fourth and fifth place in netbooks respectively.
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