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Detachable notebook sales may fall short of praise

Staff writer, with CNA

Notebook computers with detachable screens have been praised for cleverly combining work and entertainment functions, but may still not grab a significant share of the overall touch notebook segment, according to a research firm.

Detachable notebooks combine a keyboard necessary for office functions with the mobility of a tablet computer for entertainment and leisure purposes, WitsView research director Eric Chiou (邱宇彬) said.

However, sales of the two-way notebooks could be poor this year, carving out a mere 12 percent share of the overall touch notebook segment because of the products’ high cost and necessary accessories.

“The cost is the biggest challenge,” Chiou said.

A detachable hinge is a must, and an extra battery and flash memory are needed after the detachment, he said.

These components add about US$60 to US$80 to the product’s price, making the price of a detachable touch notebook at least US$100 to US$150 higher than that of standard clamshell types with similar specifications, Chiou said.

“The price difference is big enough for consumers to buy another 7-inch tablet, damping the hybrid advantage of the bi-functionality model,” he said.

However, the detachable product is likely to find a market in the mid and high-end segment and could help build a foundation for the development of new notebook designs with screens of 13.3 inches or smaller, he said.

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