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UK-based Juniper Research claims mobile PC – tablets, Ultrabooks and other notebooks – shipments will more than double in the next four years to hit 590 million by 2016.
Intel's Ultrabook – a thin and lightweight laptop – is expected to be the key driver along with tablets to securing 73 per cent of the total market as traditional notebooks are also left behind.
Ultrabook shipments are set to hit 178 million by 2016, growing at three times the rate of tablets, though tablets will reach 253 million.
Juniper highlights that OEMs should invest in Solid State Drive data storage and other software and hardware in order to implement thinner designs in order to attract consumers.
Daniel Ashdown, report author: "Solid state storage in tablets and in Ultrabooks is undoubtedly superior in terms of boot-time and ‘z’ height compared with HDDs, but this has to be balanced against other factors such as cost and storage capacity.
"Vendors need to explore a range of options, including cloud storage and hybrid solutions to make these products competitive."
Additionally, Windows 8 is expected to aid the adoption of Ultrabooks, providing improved battery life and functions for the device.