Apple and Samsung will battle for control of the global tablet market this quarter
The race for the top spot is close. Apple is expected to account for 22% of tablet shipments in the period, followed by Samsung with 20%. Asus (6.3%), Lenovo (6.1%) and Acer (1.7%) round out the top five. 58.9% of the tablets shipped in the second quarter will be powered by Android while 35.4% are expected to be iPads. Windows tablets should account for 5.7% of the tablets shipped this quarter.
7 inch slates, and those with a 10 inch to 10.9 inch screen, will lead the way in Q2. Each group is expected to have 21.7% of the global tablet market for the three month period. Tablets with a 7.9 inch screen (the iPad mini), will account for 15.4% of slates shipped this quarter. 8 inch to 8.9 inch tablets will represent 18.4% of the slates shipped from April through June, while 9.0 to 9.9 inch screens will be on 20.7% of the shipped tablets during the same period. And tablets with a screen measuring 11 inches and more will account for 2.1% of the slates shipped from this month through June.