Opinion: Cheap tablets could force smartphone shakeout

11/23/2011 | Forbes

The arrival of midpriced tablet devices being introduced by Amazon and Barnes & Noble this holiday season could hurt midmarket smartphone vendors such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Research In Motion, according to this analysis, which points to Apple's overwhelming lead in the high-end market with the iPad. After buying either a Kindle Fire or a Nook, many consumers may opt for cheaper cellphones, a columnist argues.

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