Not much according to a new report that claims that the upcoming introduction of Windows 8 tied to the rollout of Android 4.0 will give tablets capabilities closer to what is delivered by a notebook.
According to the NPD Group the line between tablets and notebooks will blurr in coming months.
NPD’s Ross Rubin, executive director of NPD Connected Intelligence, said the . What this could do is encourage vendors to produce tablets with larger screens and keyboards.
The NPD report found 40 percent of people intending to buy a tablet would like a physical keyboard. Of that figure, 40 percent would prefer an integrated keyboard as opposed to a docking station or detachable keyboard.
Rubin said there is a benefit to vendors that provide a best-of-both-worlds product, such as “a fluid touchscreen user interface that can be used without the keyboard for couch-surfing or media-consumption scenarios, as well as a keyboard that is there when you need it for productivity or other tasks that require more extensive text entry.”