Tablets may Slow, but 2-in-1s will Gain: Dell

The Economic Times - - Companies -

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

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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.

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