Ultra-portable internet devices including ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC), mobile internet devices (MID) and ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) have been witnessing growing market penetration over the past few years. They have reduced form factors and allow the user to easily access content and information. In addition, they also provide services including e-mail, data sharing, gaming along with traditional voice and messaging services. With the growing trend of mobility, an increasing number of end users have been shifting from using conventional PCs and associated devices. Availability of low priced options coupled with the demand for devices that offer computing, entertainment and communications is expected to aid in increasing market penetration of these products.
While netbooks have been hugely popular so far, mobile internet devices are expected to witness rapid growth over the forecast period. MIDs are larger than smartphones but smaller than UMPCs, and mainly cater to the consumer sector. Since they are preloaded with internet facility and are considerably lighter than conventional laptops, they offer a wide range of benefits to the user. Microsoft’s UMPC offering has a slate form factor and is equipped with inputs including stylus, hardware control buttons, direct touch, soft keys and speech. It is also extensible, and can be connected to traditional input devices such as keyboard and mouse. In order to achieve smaller size and thin form factor, ultrabooks and ultrathin PCs have been using solid state drives (SSD) instead of traditional hard disk drives (HDD), which results in faster and more compact devices.
The overall electronic devices market has been witnessing an upsurge in recent years. Ultra-portable devices address changing user demands and are being used for personal as well as professional purposes. Increasing penetration of the internet and communication standards such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which enable effective connectivity is expected to contribute to revenue generation. North America accounted for a significant percentage of the overall industry in 2012, fuelled by growing demand from the U.S. market. Key companies operating in the global market include Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics Corporation, etc.
This report, by Grand View Research, takes a closer look at the ultra-portable internet devices industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. The report deep-dives into the market and segments it on multiple levels and providing key insights on a macro as well as micro level. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key product segments including netbooks, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) and mobile internet devices (MID). The report also provides the same level of information for key regional markets.
This research report analyzes various factors which have been driving and inhibiting the global ultra-portable internet devices market in the past. In addition, the report analyzes the impact of each driver and restraint on the market growth, which forms the base for market forecast. The report also showcases the opportunities available in the market which may act as future drivers for the market.
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