Menu
​Tablet shipments continue to fall, but business demand provides hope

​Tablet shipments continue to fall, but business demand provides hope

Tablet shipments dropped to their lowest point in three years.

The worldwide tablet market fell an additional 16 percent in Q2 2016, as shipments dropped to their lowest point in three years.

Findings from research analyst firm, Canalys, reports that 35 million tablets shipped in Q2, as Apple managed to increase its share to 28 percent at the top of the market.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung continues to occupy the second spot, shipping almost six million units for a 16 percent share of the market with Lenovo and Huawei taking third and fourth spots, with both shipping just over two million units and taking 7 percent and 6 percent market share respectively.

Meanwhile, Android shipments suffered the biggest hit, falling some 23 percent globally, as volumes were impacted by significant declines in many Asia Pacific and Latin American markets.

“Competition from smart phones and, more recently, convertible two-in-one PCs has resulted in the weakness we currently see in the consumer segment, particularly cheap slate tablets running Android,” Canalys research analyst, Wilmer Ang, said.

“Top-tier brands Dell, HP and Sony have all but given up in this space, while the likes of Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung try to leverage their brands and premium designs to hold on to higher price points.”

Away from the consumer market however, there are some positives points that indicate a slightly brighter future for tablet vendors.

“Microsoft’s Surface Pro and the iPad Pro have confirmed that there is a growing demand for detachable tablets in business,” Canalys research analyst, TuanAnh Nguyen, added.

“We are not going to see B2B demand propel tablet shipments to the heights of previous quarters.

“But the ongoing transition to Windows 10 and the arrival of multitasking in Android Nougat should provide an opportunity for vendors to capitalise on selling tablets and their associated services to businesses.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileMicrosoftApplesamsungTabletCanalys

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News honoured the industry’s finest on a standout evening for the New Zealand channel, recognising the achievements of established partners, emerging players and innovative start-ups, in front of over 460 technology leaders in Auckland.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners
Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

More than 460 channel leaders came together to toast the top performers of the New Zealand industry, during the opening Champagne Reception at the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018 - in association with Techbuyer.

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018
Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Rhipe and Microsoft - detailed a blueprint for customer success, outlining the new role of the modern-day partner and wider network in New Zealand.

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda
Show Comments