Laptops continue to rise in popularity against PCs, with companies like Intel upping the ante further by introducing laptops that are even more "extreme", a move that is going to make it more difficult for desktop PC vendors to stay abreast.
This is according to Christopher Riley, CEO of The Notebook Company, who adds: "During the first quarter of 2007, 50% of all PCs purchased were mobile PCs. This is a trend that is not going to change. Laptops are usurping desktop PCs in popularity – and worldwide sales are reflecting this."
Riley says that vendors are recognising this trend and are finding ways to make laptops even more appealing.
Intel, for instance, has launched the Core 2 Extreme mobile dual-core processor, adopting the brand from the company's flagship desktop offerings.
"Intel has also introduced enhanced desktop processors, and added that it expects to announce battery-friendly quad-core processors for laptop computers next year."
The launch of the new products comes shortly after the company's first anniversary of introducing server, desktop and laptop processors based on Core microarchitecture.
The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile dual-core processor, with both cores running at 2,6GHz, also boasts mobile-specific power-saving features designed to deliver more energy-efficient and higher-performing designs.
Says Riley: "These kind of technological advancements – on the mobile front – are making the fight for sales even keener. I think we are going to see the sale of laptops accelerate. Companies are recognising that businessmen and women need their mobility. They want the power and features, too, when they are mobile – equal, or better, to that of PCs – and we are seeing companies rising to this challenge. Intel's new product range is a good example of this.
"I am not saying that desktop PCs are becoming dinosaurs. But I do believe that sales of notebooks over the next few years will reflect a big shift towards businesses and end users opting for mobile computers."