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Are tablets really killing netbooks?

Jeff Bertolucci | Dec. 2, 2010
Killing, no. But tablets are temporarily crimping sales of netbooks, which will survive and thrive in the coming years

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.


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