There’ve been a lot of reports indicating that the demand for netbooks might be cooling off. But you knwo what? DisplaySearch reports that 22.2% of all notebooks shipped during the second quarter of 2009 were netbooks. Mini-laptops also saw a quarter to quarter 40% increase in shipments , compared with 22% growth in the traditional laptop space.
Part of the growth has been spurred by telecoms in Europe and other areas that offer cheap or free netbooks to customers who sign up for long terms service contracts. Netbooks represent a larger share of the pie in Europe and North America than in developing nations. But in some areas including Latin America and Greater China, netbook penetration is actually higher than notebook penetration.
It’s not entirely clear from the press release whether DisplaySearch is counting newer 11.6 inch and 12.1 inch laptops as “netbooks,” but I don’t think it matters too much since these larger computers were still pretty rare during most of Q2 2009.