Hewlett Packard sees no impact of tablets and latest mobile gadgets on the PC/notebook segment as the latter are critical for productivity.
Tablets constitute a niche market, and they come with some handicaps, particularly infrastructure-related, but notebooks can be used on the move if they have built-in features such as adequate battery life, HP India Senior Director Vinay Chandra Awasthi said. “There is talk about convergence, but we should not forget the mobility factor, staying connected everywhere,” he said.
Mr. Awasthi was here on Wednesday in connection with the launch of HP’s latest Ultrabook and Sleekbook. Most of the tablet users needed to install Wi-Fi equipment in their house to secure connectivity, but a notebook could be used anywhere if a dongle was attached to it.
The market share of tablets was less than 5 per cent as the first computer could never be a tablet.
“Most probably, it has to be a notebook,” he said. The notebook market was growing between 10 per cent and 15 per cent every year with close to 11 million units being sold.
In view of the requirement from different categories, HP launched the Ultrabook, priced at Rs.57,990, and the Sleekbook with latest Intel core processors at Rs.41,990.