This holiday shopping season, you can expect tablets to stuff many a stocking. The mobile devices will likely be at the top of numerous wish lists, so you may need to get a bigger stocking. Judging by various recent reports, it looks like gadget makers are prepping for a big quarter.
According to CNET, researcher IDC is estimating that Microsoft
Pricing for the Surface tablet remains unknown, much like a lot of other details about the device, but most analysts are expecting it to start around $600. If the estimates turn out accurate, 3 million units is a big bet from Microsoft to sell in the fourth quarter. For some context, Research In Motion
With the expected launch of Apple’s
This estimate sounds a bit too high, even for Apple, although it’s certainly possible. That translates to 12 million iPad Minis per quarter, not including the existing model, and would be more iPad Minis alone than regular iPads sold in the first quarter this year. Last holiday quarter, Apple sold 15.4 million iPads. If Apple doubled that this year, we’d be looking at over 30 million total iPad units. The company could potentially hit 30 million with the assistance of a lower-priced iPad Mini.
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