Sat, 06 Apr 2013 15:00:00 GMT | By The Hindu Business Line

Tablets, smartphones push netbooks off the shelves

Asustek and Acer are the only two companies still making netbooks while others such as Samsung, HP and Dell have shifted their focus to tablets


Tablets, smartphones push netbooks off the shelves (© Reuters)

Chennai: Is it time to say sayanora to netbooks? In the next couple of quarters, this cost-effective mini-laptop will be off the shelves in India as global manufacturers have stopped production of these devices to focus on tablets.

The manufacturers have halted the production due to unavailability of Intel’s Atom processors that are being used in these devices.

Also, lightweight and sleek laptops, cheap tablets and high-end smartphones have ensured the death of the netbooks, that are now available at less than Rs 20,000, half the price of laptops.

Asustek and Acer are the only two companies still making netbooks while others such as Samsung, HP and Dell have shifted their focus to tablets. HCL withdrew netbooks long back, said Vishal Tripathi, Principal Research Analyst at research firm Gartner.

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