But netbooks typically sell for less. Most cost between $300 and $350, says Intel's Ng, though new features and innovations may cause prices to inch closer to $400.
In the coming years, tablets and netbooks will take divergent paths--the former focusing on entertainment, communications, and convenience, and the latter adopting a more work-friendly role. Each will carve out a niche in the personal computing landscape. One will not kill off the other, however. After netbooks succeed in boosting their processing power and adding new capabilities, they'll appeal to users who want a lighter and smaller version of a full-size laptop.
Sign up for MIS Asia eNewsletters.