Netbook sales are expected to reach 58 million in 2010, although growth in the market could be restricted by the success of the iPad and its imitators, according to updated predictions from ABI Research.
The firm admitted that it had underestimated the popularity of netbooks, and that its predictions released in 2009 had been "perhaps a little conservative".
"We expect the netbook market to fragment according to different regional value propositions," said principal ABI analyst Jeff Orr in the firm's latest market report.
"Functionality will be added to mainstream netbook products, while an entry-level netbook solution will grow at the same time with the aim of targeting some large emerging markets (including China and India) where PC penetration is still quite low."
Orr added that media tablets are beginning to "steal some netbook thunder".
"Apple's claimed shipments of one million iPads in the first month are impressive starting from zero," he said. "But even our total media tablet forecast falls far short of what anyone would call mass market adoption."
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