Tablet mar­ket shrinks as de­mand grows for hy­brids

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The tablet mar­ket shrank in the re­cently-ended quar­ter, as ship­ments of bar­gain-priced com­put­ers with de­tach­able screens hit a record high, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket anal­y­sis firm In­ter­na­tional Data Cor­po­ra­tion. Tablet mak­ers shipped 43 mil­lion units in the quar­ter, down 14.7 per­cent from the num­ber shipped in the same pe­riod a year ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to an IDC global quar­terly re­port. Mean­while, ship­ments of “de­tach­ables,” com­put­ers with screens that can dock into key­boards to be used lap­top style or un­docked and used tablet style, priced less than $200 surged, IDC an­a­lysts said.

Pre­cise num­bers for de­tach­able com­put­ers were not pro­vided in the IDC re­lease. “The race to the bot­tom is some­thing we have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced with slates and it may prove detri­men­tal to the mar­ket in the long run as de­tach­ables could eas­ily be seen as dis­pos­able de­vices rather than po­ten­tial PC re­place­ments,” said IDC an­a­lyst Jitesh Ubrani.

Ap­ple dom­i­nated the tablet mar­ket with a share of 21.5 per­cent, some 9.3 mil­lion iPads, strength­en­ing its po­si­tion de­spite ship­ping 6.2 per­cent fewer than in the same quar­ter last year, IDC re­ported. Sam­sung held on to the num­ber two po­si­tion, prompt­ing IDC to con­clude that there ap­peared to be no “bleed over” from a mas­sive Galaxy Note 7 re­call that has tar­nished the South Korean gi­ant’s im­age. Sam­sung shipped 6.5 mil­lion tablets in a drop of 19.3 per­cent from the same quar­ter a year ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to IDC. Mean­while, on­line re­tail ti­tan Ama­zon shipped more than three times as many of its Fire tablets-a to­tal of 3.1 mil­lion in the quar­ter-with credit given to low prices and deep dis­counts.

Len­ovo tablet ship­ments were down 10.8 per­cent in the quar­ter to 2.7 mil­lion, while fifth-place Huawei shipped 2.4 mil­lion tablets in an in­crease of 28.4 per­cent from the third quar­ter of last year as the Chi­nese com­pa­nies filled out the top five spots in the mar­ket, IDC re­ported. — AFP

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