Hewlett-Packard (HP) had a slight lead over Fujitsu in worldwide shipments of Tablet PCs by the end of December, according to research by IDC.
A total of around 72,000 units were sold in December. HP shipments accounted for 17,000 units of its Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, compared with shipments of about 15,000 Stylistic ST4000 Tablets from Fujitsu, said Alan Promisel, an analyst with IDC.
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Toshiba America Information Systems's Portege 3500 was third with about 10,500 units and Acer's TravelMate 100 was fourth with about 8,000 units.
Tablet PC suppliers launched their devices on 7 November, in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition launch the same day.
"For only six weeks, 70,000 units is pretty significant. We're still at the very early stages of the early adopters," Promisel said.
Those early adopters have come mainly from users with specific needs for mobility, such as healthcare workers, salespeople and warehouse managers. Corporations are still evaluating the devices and probably would not start adopting them in significant numbers for another six to 12 months, he said.
HP's strong marketing efforts and existing enterprise customer base helped it to the early lead, Promisel said. But Fujitsu's strength in delivering tablet-like products, such as its pen-based Lifebook series, for a number of years showed in its strong early performance.