Huawei edges out Asustek in global top 5 tablet-makers
China’s Huawei Technologies Co. has edged out Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. ( ) in the latest quarterly ranking of the world’s top five tablet-makers, according to research group International Data Corp. (IDC).
Huawei, which entered the top five ranking for the first time, shipped 1.6 million tablets in the second quarter of 2015 for a 3.7 percent global market share, tying it in fourth place with LG Electronics Inc., IDC said in a recent report.
Apple Inc. remained the world’s top tablet-maker with a 24.5 percent share, with Samsung Electronics Co. taking a 17 percent share and Lenovo Group Ltd. ranking a distant third with a 5.7 percent share, IDC said.
Asustek shipped 1.8 million tablets in the first quarter of the year to grab a 3.8 percent share at the time. IDC did not reveal second- quarter shipments or market share for Asustek because the company was not listed in the top five.
In the April-June quarter, the global tablet market declined 7 percent from a year earlier to 44.7 million units due to little hardware innovation and limited updates to vendors’ product lines, IDC noted.
“Longer life cycles, increased competition from other categories such as larger smartphones, combined with the fact that end users can install the latest operating systems on their older tablets, has stifled the initial enthusiasm for these devices in the consumer market,” said Jitesh Ubrani, a senior research analyst at IDC.
“But with newer form factors like 2-in-1s, and added productivity-enabling features like those highlighted in iOS9, vendors should be able to bring new vitality to a market that has lost its momentum,” Ubrani said.