11.6-Inch Becoming Niche-market Size For Notebooks, Say Taiwan OEMs

Digitimes’ Aaron Lee and Adam Hwang note that as global netbook sales have plummeted due to competition from tablets, 11.6-inch has become a niche-market size for notebook panels, according to Taiwan-based notebook supply chain makers.

Up to recently they observe that 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebook screen sizes. have accounted for a relatively small proportion of total shipments, according to their sources indicated. Apple would of course be an exception to this, with its 11.6-inch MacBook Air having taken over as the company’s volume price-leader notebook and main education market offering, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro having been the best-selling Mac system overall for some time now.

However, Lee and Hwang note that Samsung Electronics and Acer have launched inexpensive 11.6-inch Chromebooks and Asustek Computer has launched its 11.6-inch VivoBook touch-control notebook, so an increasing number of 11.6-inch PC notebooks are available for sale.

They also report that despite generally shrinking sales, demand for netbooks still exists, especially in emerging markets, but their insider sources suggest that 11.6-inch notebooks are likely to see increasing demand in the global market.

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