Everybody has seen how well the tablet market is doing, and it’s no surprise that this is coming at some expense to traditional PCs and laptops. Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang talked about how the versatility of tablets plays an important role in tablet sales. He noted that most people realize that a “great tablet is better than a cheap PC,” and it’s true. There are very few things a high-end tablet can’t do that a laptop can, especially with Microsoft Office right around the corner for mobile devices. He also stated that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is erasing the lines between the cheap notebook and tablet market.
Of course, Nvidia also realizes that traditional computers won’t disappear overnight, and right now, their mobile business isn’t as large as their laptop and desktop business. With that being said, their mobile business grew a whopping 50% last year alone. Huang expects Nvidia to ship out 30 million Tegra chips this year, which is a pretty significant figure. He also expects this to steal the business from the low-end market. It’s worth noting that dedicated Nvidia graphics cards generally aren’t found in cheap laptops, so they aren’t dependent on low-end sales.
Even so, it’s good to see a company embrace a new idea for their computers, instead of bucking and fighting it. With the strides Nvidia is making with Android chips in addition to their push with the new Windows 8 tablets, I think Nvidia has set itself up to be a major player with tablet hardware for Android and Windows. Couple that with their new Kepler GPUs in desktops and laptops, and Nvidia has a well-rounded business model.
Personally, I think tablets will eventually replace low end PCs, simply for the portability and ease of use. What do you guys think? It’s obvious that tablet sales are up and PC sales are down, but is that just a fad or the future of computers? Let us know in the comments.