Huawei edges out Asustek in global top 5 tablet-mak­ers

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

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.

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