Global tablet shipments could drop 15-20% this quarter

Global tablet shipments could drop 15-20% this quarter
We are in the post-PC world right now. Smartphones and tablets are pushing out traditional PCs, because it turns out that in many use-cases and many users simply don't need all of the power and flexibility of a full desktop experience. Tablets are a big part of the move, but of course every quarter has its variations. It's never really possible to match the holiday season, but this quarter could take a significant drop.

According to DigiTimes, the usual off-peak season effects could cause upwards of a 15-20% drop in global tablet shipments. The news comes from DigiTimes' favorite "Taiwan-based supply chain makers", so take from this what you will. DigiTimes Research expects Apple to ship just 18 million iPads in Q1 2014, which would be a 22.7% drop compared to the holiday quarter when Apple shipped 26 million tablets. However, Apple seems more optimistic based on the reported component orders, and could be expecting about 20 million units shipped. 

With Apple taking a drop like that, Samsung is expected to close the gap in tablet shipments. According to the report, Samsung could come withing 4 million units of Apple's tablet shipments for the quarter. 

source: DigiTimes



1. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Tablet quality has gotten so good, I wonder if people waking up and realizing their current tablet doesn't need replaced with a newer model is part of the drop.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'm guessing the same. I'm keeping my iPad 4 for another year until something much more powerful arrives.

6. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Me too. My Acer A700 has FHD screen and I use it mainly for watching video (Live Games). No reason to upgrade.

2. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

i always see phablets eating away at tablets use as it is more versatile to carry one device rather than an extra tablets. tablets does serve a purpose and to me it is more in training and education. Tablet will never replace a laptop imo

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I personally prefer a laptop over a tablet for all work except gaming.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


5. bigstrudel

Posts: 606; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Lenovo's Thinkpad 8 comes with full Windows 8.1, Office and productivity suite, 1080P FHD display, 16:10 aspect ratio!!!!!!!!, SD Card, 64 or 128GB Internal Storage and Intel Bay-Trail T Quad (Which puts the Snapdragon 800 to shame at the same power draw). Optional cell connectivity. Starting under $500 dollars. Laptops are going the way of the Dodo. PBX is correct. Tablets dont need to be replaced as often now. Thus prices will rise. Buy your quality tablets now while competition is high, before lesser competition goes out of business.

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