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Worldwide tablet market expected to rebound in 2018

Staff Writer |
The decline of the worldwide tablet market is set to continue for the remainder of 2016 as year-over-year growth reaches an all-time low of -11.5% and shipments of 183.4 million units.




This is according to forecast data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Positive growth is set to return in 2018 and continue through 2020 with shipments reaching 194.2 million tablets as detachable tablets continue to steal share from traditional PCs.

With the shift towards detachable tablets, IDC also expects small tablets to cede share to larger devices. In 2016, 55% of all tablets will be 9 inches or smaller. By 2020, however, this share is forecast to drop to 40%

Although detachable tablets capture the spotlight, slate tablets will continue to account for the majority of shipments throughout the forecast.

In 2016, 85% of all tablets shipped will be slates and this will decrease to 68% by 2020. Most of these will be destined for emerging markets where consumers seek out any low cost computing device.


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