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Tablet shipments may be 21.6 million in Q2 thanks to the iPad and... Nexus Tablet?

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Tablet shipments may be 21.6 million in Q2 thanks to the iPad and... Nexus Tablet?
A new report from DigiTimes is looking into the oncoming quarter and trying to determine what the tablet market is going to look like. Not surprising, the research team expects it to be a big quarter for tablets, possibly with as many as 21.58 million units shipped in Q2 alone. 

According to DigiTimes, a source we tend to trust for pure numbers but not so much for analysis, has crunched the numbers from its various hardware sources and expects the tablet PC market to make up 21.58 million units shipped in Q2 of 2012. This would represent a 47.5% increase over last year. And, this would be a big jump from Q1 of 2012, which DigiTimes says will show a drop of about 8.2% over last year. 

The report doesn't overtly say it, but the big sales of next quarter seem to be due to two devices: the new iPad and the Nexus Tablet. The report notes that Apple will stay the top tablet manufacturer, showing that the new iPad is expected to be a big shipper in Q2. But, the report also says that Asus has a chance to become the #3 tablet maker (we're assuming Samsung is #2) because of "its cooperation with Google for 7-inch products." So, it seems that the upcoming Nexus Tablet is expected to ship quite a number of devices in Q2. 

Of course, this could very well not be the case depending on Google's sales strategy for the tablet. If, as reports suggest, Google is planning to sell the tablet via the Google Play store, shipments (though no necessarily sales) won't be so high. However, if Google is going to get the device into physical stores, then those shipment numbers could be quite a bit higher. 

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 30 Apr 2012, 20:58 2

1. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well, when will the Nexus tablet be released?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 21:12 2

2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


How i wish that they could release it before June. Hoping to buy one.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 21:30 1

3. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Android needs a solid competitor to the iPad. I have the Asus transformer prime and it doesn't seem to hold a candle to the iPad......

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 21:38 2

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


why? :O based on what phonearena, it's the only tablet that can match the New iPad. what's the problem with your transformer prime?

posted on 01 May 2012, 15:01

8. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Transformer Prime > iPad.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 22:06 4

5. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


IM not saying this to hate or troll either. I find it extremely laggy for what it has under the hood. Maybe it's just ics(which I think is extremely overhyped) or just a lack of effort from Android to give real attention to tablets.
-VERY laggy browser
-very few apps/games that are optimized
-no syncing between Android phone and tablet
-discontinued very quickly resulting in horrible resale and absolutely no accessories (went to bestbuy today and I can't even get a damn back cover as it's already on clearance)
-updates
-general stuttering and unresponsiveness to the touch making what should be an easy task, tedious.

posted on 01 May 2012, 00:02 1

6. BattleBrat (Posts: 884; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I picked up an Archos (They sorta make top tier budget tablets) And it is running ICS, it is beautiful! Not perfectly buttery smooth like an iDevice, but smooth! And with ICS SIMPLY STUNNING!!!

posted on 01 May 2012, 09:04

7. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


only a little off topic, but does anybody know if there is any specualtion as to whether or not a new Asus transformer will come out aroud may-june? and if there is does anybody know a site where they have rumors as to the specs?

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