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A report tabled by NPD Display Search claims demand for tablet devices is expected to scale new heights this year with 315 million tablet devices projected to be sold in 2014, rising to 455 million by 2017.

‚ÄúCompetition is expected to increase as traditional notebook PC brands, including Lenovo, HP, and Dell update their product portfolios to emphasize tablet PCs”, said Richard Shim, senior analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.

Standard notebook PC shipments are forecast to decline from 155 million in 2013 to 105 million in 2017. Ultra-slim PC shipments will rise from 26 million in 2013 to 57 million in 2017.

Emerging regions will account for an increasing share of worldwide mobile PC shipments, growing from 57%, or 274 million in 2014, to 62%, or 385 million, by 2017. Growth will be led by tablet PCs, which will account for 70% of mobile PC shipments to emerging regions in 2014.

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