Tablets to make a comeback in 2018

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline by 12% in 2016, according to a forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC expects the market to rebound in 2018, though growth will remain low as detachable tablets slowly gain traction.

“The benefits of a thin and light design combined with a touchscreen are bolstering growth in the detachable tablet market, but are also bleeding over into the PC market,” said the IDC.

Emerging markets will continue to decline until 2018 and then growth will flatten in the following two years.

Meanwhile, mature markets will experience positive single-digit growth until 2020 as the decline in slate tablets is offset by the growth in detachable tablets.

“Fuelled by ultra low-end prices and a growing ecosystem play involving the Internet of Things, slate tablets will still account for more than twice the volume of the detachable segment with 124 million units forecast to be shipped in 2020.”

Worldwide Tablet Share Forecast by Screen Size
Screen Size 2015 2016 Forecast 2020 Forecast
Small (7-9″) 59.9% 56.4% 39.7%
Medium (9-13″) 39.8% 43.1% 58.2%
Large (13-16″) 0.3% 0.5% 2.1%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

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