There’s been a flood of mini-laptops with 11.6 inch and 12.1 inch displays over the past few months. Call them netbooks, ultraportables, thin and light notebooks, or what you will, but it seems that these machines are targeted at people looking for something in between a small, low power netbook and a larger more powerful laptop. But 10 inch netbooks aren’t going anywhere just yet.
Chippy at UMPC Portal conducted a somewhat unscientific study by counting the number of devices available in Germany at Geizhals.at. Specifically, he counted thenumber of devices available with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 inch displays.
This is his third SKU count of the year, which makes it easy to see trends over time. And this the major trend: There’s a growing number of 10 and 11 inch laptops and the number of machines with smaller displays is shrinking. I kind of had a feeling that this was the way the market had been moving in the last year or two, but it’s nice to have a pretty chart to put with the hunch, even if it’s specific to the German market.