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Tablet Sales Surge Android Devies Proving Popular

New tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple with their new iPads are driving an increase in tablet sales.

New research reveals that global tablet shipments reached 44.89 million units in the third quarter of 2018, up 21.1% on quarter and 6.1% on year.

Both branded and none branded tablets are gowing, branded products grew 29.9% on quarter, while white-box product sales remained soft.

10-inch tablets have gradually become mainstream of the industry, as 7.x-inch devices still maintained a ratio of 15% in the third quarter.

The ratio of 10.x-inch devices is expected to surge to over 40% in the first quarter of 2019, although their ratios are likely to be below 30% in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 on the robust shipments of 7- and 8-inch products from Amazon.

While Apple’s iPad (2018) devices, which support Apple Pencil, did make inroad into in the secondary and primary education markets in early 2018, the release of Chromebook Tab packed with Wacom EMR touch-enabled stylus at a later stage has helped Chrome OS make ground in the tablet market.

While currently Acer is the sole vendor that has launched Chromebook Tab products, the advantage which Chromebook has in the higher education sector may enable Google to compete effectively with Apple in the secondary and primary education markets later claims DigiTimes.

Shipments from the top-five brands are expected to meet market expectations in the fourth quarter, each seeing shipments expand over 15% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research.

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