Handset vendors prefer notebook to handset makers for outsourcing tablet PCs
With handset vendors stepping into tablet PCs,
priority is being given to notebook ODMs rather than handset makers for
outsourced production, according to Taiwan-based handset makers.
RIM, Motorola and HTC have selected notebook ODMs
Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology, respectively, to
produce their own-brand tablet PCs, the sources pointed out. Hewlett-Packard
may choose Inventec to make its WebOS tablet PCs, the sources added.
Tablet PCs are actually more similar to smartphones
than to notebooks in processor architecture, operating system, power
consumption, user interface, communication functions and portability, the
sources indicated. However, handset vendors mostly develop tablet PCs in-house
and therefore care about the efficiency and cost of assembly, and in this
respect notebook makers have the advantage because tablets are closer to
notebooks than to smartphones in size, the sources analyzed
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