30 April 2018
The global tablet market has declined for the tenth straight quarter in Q1, 2017, according to a report by IDC. Overall 36.2 million units were shipped in Q1, 2017 signifying a decline of 8.5% from a year ago. The market tracker stated that the decline is attributed to slower migration from slates to detachable tablets.
IDC has identified that the tablet market is going in two different directions, one is the detachable tablets market which has seen growth, while the second category comprises of the slate tablets which has been witnessing a continuous decline for the last three years. IDC believes that the slate segment with continues to face a decline over the current year.
"As far as most are aware, the tablet market was created in 2010 with the launch of the original iPad, despite unsuccessful product attempts by other OEMs in the years leading up to this," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "The rate at which the tablet market grew from 2010 to 2013 was unlike many other consumer-oriented device markets we've seen before. However, it appears for many reasons consumers became less eager to refresh these devices, or in some instances purchase them at all. We continue to believe the leading driver for this was the increased dependency on smartphones, along with rather minimal technology and form factor progression."