Nearly 40% of UAE residents own more than one laptop

New Intel survey sheds light on UAE mobility habits, trends and needs

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 18, 2008

Nearly 40% of residents in the United Arab Emirates own or use more than one laptop. This revelation was made in a new Intel study that tracked consumer mobility trends.

The survey also revealed 83% bought a laptop device despite having an existing desktop or laptop at home. “These numbers far exceed the rest of the world,” said Samir Al-Schamma, general manager for Intel in the GCC.

People in the Middle East are also far more likely to use their laptop in leisure, with 36% of UAE consumers admitting to spending 5 or more hours a day on their laptop outside of work.

Pointing out performance, data protection and battery life as their top three mobile needs, it was found that consumers were presently most dissatisfied by laptop battery life, HDTV functionality, weight and price.

These results are based on Intel’s survey that involved nearly 1,000 people between the ages of 20 to 35 in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

A related IDC report states that notebook shipments in 2008 increased nearly 93% from last year in the UAE. This reflects the massive lead laptop sales have over desktops in the region, with four out of every five shipments being laptops.

The worldwide laptop market has grown from 25% in 2003 to 48% this year, and is expected to increase to 59% in 2011.

Intel recently unveiled its Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and new models using the technology, including Lenova, Acer and Fujitsu-Siemens, will be announced at GITEX 2008.

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