A recent report by ABI Research states that, the global market for tablet computers is growing at a rapid pace and will likely top 100 million in 2012.
The April-June quarter of 2012 set a new record for media tablet shipments reaching nearly 25 million units with total shipments growing 36% (QoQ) and 77% (YoY).Apple iPad shipments represented nearly 69% of worldwide volumes for the period, according to a preliminary assessment of vendor share by ABI. Gains in the quarter also came from Samsung (8.1%) and ASUS (4.0%), while RIM (1.0%) experienced the most significant decline. Shipments of Dell and LG ceased in the period as both companies retrench for future tablet offerings.
Jeff Orr, an ABI analyst said,” Most impressive about Apples 17.0 million tablet shipments in 2Q2012 was it nearly matched 2010 total worldwide shipments of 17.3 million for all vendors.” Apple shipped nearly 1 million of its iPad 2 devices to US education customers during the period, which contributed to the company’s growth but also brought down the average selling (ASP) price. ABI Research estimates a 4% drop in ASP for the company QoQ and nearly 19% YoY.
South Korea’s Samsung was the second biggest selling with over eight percent and followed by Amazon and Taiwan’s ASUS while Dell and LG pulled out of the market. With new vendors and products entering the market during the second half of the year, including tablets from Google and Microsoft, ABI expects the growth trends to continue.
“The tablet market is on track for 102 to 110 million shipments worldwide for full-year 2012,” said Orr.
The report found that,most tablets operate as Wi-Fi devices without the ability to go mobile. This restricts the device use to homes, facilities, and public hotspots. In 2Q2012, less than 27% of new shipments included a mobile broadband (3G/4G) modem module, down 12 percent from a year earlier.
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