New Delhi, May 2, 2015 | UPDATED 10:33 IST
Despite the digital age that we live in, tablets are undergoing a global slump in the gadget space. This was revealed in figures which were released by International Data Corporation (IDC). According to IDC, tablets along with two-in-one devices that combine tablet and laptop features hit a low of 47.1 million units, which is a 6 per cent drop from the figures of the first three months of 2014.
In a report in TOI, Senior research analyst at IDC, Jitesh Ubrani said, “Although the tablet market is in decline, two-in-one’s are certainly a bright spotâ€¦.While two-in-one, or detachables, still account for a small portion of the overall market, growth in this space has been stunning.”
The report goes on to claim that companies such as Acer, Asus have benefitted from their two-in-one devices, whereas Microsoft has done well with its Surface Pro 3. On the other hand, Apple iPads have seen a slump due to people preferring to buy an iPhone or Mac laptop. IDC has claimed that Apple has shipped 12.6 million iPads this quarter. This stands in contrast to the figure of 16.4 million during 2014 from the same time period.
One of the few companies doing well in this segment is Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, which has shipped 2.5 million devices in the first quarter of 2015, which is an increase from its figure of two million last year.
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