Tablets may Slow, but 2-in-1s will Gain: Dell
American computer maker Dell expects growth in tablets to slow down in the next few years even as the 2-in-1 laptop segment continues to expand, reports Priyanka Sangani.
“The growth in 2-in-1 (detachable devices) has a small base, but is rapidly accelerating, while tablets are in decline as smartphones pick up,” said James Johnston, general manager-client solutions, Dell Asia Pacific and Japan. The market, Johnston said, is broadly
divided into the consumer and commercial categories, and in both segments, the tablet or slate form is declining. “In the commercial market, it is only around 50% of the total space. The commercial market is seeing a stronger growth in 2-in-1devices,” Johnston said. “The slate form factor is migrating up to bigger devices, as smartphones continue to get bigger. We expect a significant growth coming out of the 2-in-1s in the commercial space over the next three-five years,” he said. In February, pure slate tablets saw their steepest decline to date of 21.1% from that a year ago.
Tablet sales to individual consumers are either flat or declining, Johnston said. “Globally, the compound growth rates are about 15% in 2-in-1 and between 0.5% and 1% for slates,” he said, declining to share India-specific data.