Tablets Continue To Sink, Laptops To Make A Comeback

Eh, laptops are more useful. People probably figured this out. The latest market insights are in, showing that tablets are doing worse than laptops, which aren’t doing too well to begin with.

This latest forecast comes our way via TrendForce, who reveal that tablet shipments continue to sink.

The research firm says that total notebook shipments are tracking to drop 6.4% for 2015 to end up at about 164.4 million units. However, shipments are expected to recover in 201 — mostly thanks to brand name vendors like Xiaomi and Huawei entering the market.

Yes, you read that right.

According to analyst Anita Wang:

“We estimate that total notebook shipments for 2016 will increase a little by one percent year on year to 165 million units.”

Tablet shipments, on the other hand continue to sink.

The reason being that these devices offer a limited amount of functionality, and are primarily limited to browsing and entertainment. Throw in the factor that display sizes on smartphones continue to increase by the year, and it’s easy to see why tablets are doing worse than laptops.

TrendForce has lowered its tablet shipment forecast for this year to 163.4 million units.

This represents a year-on-year decline of 14.9%.

Substantial.

Things aren’t going to improve much next year either:

“Our estimation indicates that a total of 153.4 million tablets will be shipped in 2016, down 6.1 percent year on year.”

Interestingly, for Microsoft at least, the global market share for 7-inch tablets has contracted from 57% in 2014 to estimates of 50% in 2015. Again, large smartphones are eating out into this market, and those cheap Windows based slates in China that feature this 7-inch size could be impacted.

That said, the focus is clearly moving towards the 10-inch and above sizes, which are set to account for almost 30% of the global market in 2016, up from estimates of about 18% this year.

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