Report: 145 million tablets to be shipped this year

Report: 145 million tablets to be shipped this year
The crew at ABI Research pulled out their abacus and got down to deal with some serious numbers. When they were through, they came to the conclusion that 145 million tablets will be shipped in 2013. The tablet market will see a number of new players this year, with the focus on affordability. 2013 will also be the year that the enterprise market starts to warmly embrace the tablet.

While the Microsoft Surface RT tablet has been a sales disappointment, ABI Research says that the Pro version of the Surface, which is powered by an Intel processor and runs the Windows 8 OS, and the Apple iPad mini, will both do well in 2013. The report also predicts that 19% of tablet shipments will be destined for the business community as some slates will be designed for the office.

Whether it is because of the growing popularity of low cost tablets, ABI says that the dedicated eBook reader market is in danger of extinction. The U.S. dominates the market and ABI notes that the "aging Baby Boomer population looking to replicate the print reading experience is a waning audience,” and that if other countries don't arrange for digital publishing, the eBook reader will disappear regardless of what happens in the tablet market.


source:ABIResearch via AndroidAuthority

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4 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Competition is good :)

4. maxis3G unregistered

APPLE : competition is bad...

2. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Am I the only one that sees the Surface Pro even less sucessful than the RT one? Reasoning: - It cost the same as an Ultrabook - It doesn't have and attached keyboard, so it can't be used in the train/bus/airplane in a confortable positition. So it can't be used as a Laptop replacement. - It weights too much so it can't really be used as a tablet. What's the market niche for this thing? Seriously, just asking.

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I would prefer ultrabook to this.

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