>>Companies will buy more than 10 million tablet computers this year, consultancy Deloitte said on Tuesday supporting recent research from Gartner which sees the global market for Apple's iPad, rising to 55 million devices this year from 19.5 million in 2010.
The surge of tablet market, coupled with strong growth of smartphone sales means in 2011, for the first time, sales of personal computers will represent less than half of total computing device market, Deloitte said.
"2011 marks the tipping point," it said.
Deloitte forecast for smartphone sales to reach 375 million devices in 2011 and tablet market to reach 50 million. Combined sales of desktops, laptops and netbooks would be 390 million devices, it said.