One of the most popular tech categories in all of 2011 was the tablet PC. For the most part, Intel and Microsoft missed the boat, but luckily for both, the tablet ship hasn't sailed and looks to be just as popular in 2012 as it has been for the past 12 months. Come Q3, Acer and Lenovo will punch their ticket with tablets built around Intel's Clover Trail platform rocking Microsoft's Windows 8.
Apple iPad shipments accounted for 60 percent of the tablet PC market in 2011, according to DigiTimes, and will probably maintain a majority share in 2012, but not without increased competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire and high-end Android tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer Prime in early 2012. Wintel tablets will further challenge the iPad later in the year and could prove especially popular in enterprise circles.
In the meantime, Intel is getting ready to unveil its Medfield processor for Android-based smartphones and slates, which it hopes will provide a counter punch to ARM.