The IFA convention in Berlin is off to a fast and furious start with product makers pouring out announcements by the handful. Among the attendees is Acer, which revealed its new (and rather extensive) product lineup for the holiday season. Acer's new products include a pair of Aspire R Series convertible laptops. two Aspire Switch Series 2-in-1 hybrid PCs, three Iconia Series tablets, and a Liquid Series smartphone.
Preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that the tablet market expanded 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014 on shipments of 49.3 million units around the globe. That's not bad, though it's down 1.5 percent sequentially. According to IDC, smartphones with big screen displays have cut into the market for tablet PCs.
Consumers aren't all that anxious to upgrade their existing tablets
Mobile devices are ultra hot right now, including tablets, though the market for slates isn't skyrocketing like it once was. Instead, consumers are largely content with their current tablet devices, and those who do see a need to pick up a new mobile device are trending towards phablet (large size smartphones) devices. As such, International Data Corporation (IDC) reduced its tablet shipment forecast for 2014.
Vendors don't want to get stuck with a bunch of 2-in-1 devices
There's still no clear cut indication from consumers whether or not hybrid notebooks that also function as tablets are all that desirable compared to keeping the form factors separate. That being the case, notebook vendors are reportedly having cold feet when it comes to stockpiling 2-in-1 devices, fearing that weak sales could leave them with a bunch of unsold inventory needing to be written off.