The crossover point – where mobile computer sales in South Africa match and then surpass desktops – could be as soon as the end of this year.
That's according to Intel SA's channel manager Sven Beckman, who says the latest figures show that mobile computing currently accounts for 43% of all personal computers sold in this country – a significant increase from last year's 39%.
During the second quarter of 2008, he says, a total of 463 000 personal computers were sold in South Africa, of which 43% where mobile.
"I think that by the end of the year we will be at or very close to the crossover point," he says.
Lifestyle is one of the main drivers for mobility, he adds, with more users than ever before getting involved in virtual worlds and wanting to aggregate all of their multimedia content on to one device.
This doesn'e mean the desktop doesn't have a future, he adds. In fact, Beckman predicts that the final ratio of notebooks versus desktop penetration will be about 60:40.