Apple may outsell its nearest rivals 4 to 1 in 2011 as Android tablets “struggle,” says analyst
In a note to clients issued Monday morning, Canaccord Genuity’s T. Michael Walkley offers a snapshot of what he thinks the tablet market will look like by the end of next year. Overall, he expects unit sales to more than double, from 20 million in 2010 to 55 million in 2011, as a host of rivals scramble to compete with Apple’s (AAPL) iPad.
But none, in his opinion, is likely to catch up.
Handicapping the competition, Walkley anticipated the launch of Research in Motion’s (RIMM) 7-inch tablet [UPDATE: dubbed the BlackBerry PlayBook] at DEVCON 2010 in San Francisco Monday and Nokia’s (NOK) Symbian^3-based MeeGo later this year.
But Walkley expects most of the competition will gravitate toward Google’s (GOOG) Android, which he sees as problematic.
Below: Walkley’s list of the tablet computers he expects to be battling it out this year and next.
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