Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Tablet is mobile, cameras and 3G now becoming standard tablets

Pickup in Lens Orders Points to More Tablets With Cameras - PCWorld Business Center:

"A lot of first-generation tablets didn't feature cameras, but that's likely to change later this year after market-leader Apple added cameras to its iPad 2.

"Taiwanese companies make many of the portable and tablet PCs sold by famous brands and rely on local suppliers for many of the components. The performance of these local parts makers often serves as a indicator to the future direction of the PC industry.

"Largan Precision Co., Taiwan's largest handset camera lens maker, said that despite normally weak first-quarter income, revenues rose 52 percent last month compared to March 2010 as orders for tablet cameras mounted. The company took in NT$1.31 billion (US$44 million) in March."

This confirms with our own survey of local tablet sales centers in London where staff have told us the ability to attach to the 3G network has become a make or break features for tablet sales. It seems that a tablet must have all the features of a mobile phone and then some, rather than being a half way hybrid between a PC and a mobile phone.

This is good news for the players coming at the tablet space from the mobile side: Android, Apple and potentially Blackberry. This is continued bad news for Microsoft though, as a tablet evolves to be more and more like a mobile phone the strengths of Windows will count for less on the mobile space.

What were are fearing on tablets is people want a camera, they want mobility, they want a camera and video but they don't care to much about productivity and file sharing features. Perhaps as the tablet space expands people will see their potential as productivity tools, but right now they are being seen as big phones rather than mobile PC, and this is very bad news for Microsoft.

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