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Almost 50 million tablets shipped worldwide during second quarter

Almost 50 million tablets were sold during the second quarter of 2014
Tablets popular in 2014
While companies like Apple or Samsung sold less slates than anticipated, worldwide tablet sales are still on the rise, with 49.3 million units shipped during the second quarter.

Despite tough competition from both smartphones and phablets, tablets become more and more popular across the entire world. While both Samsung and Apple reported tablet sales below expectations, it looks like low-cost tablets are keeping sales figures high.

According to a report by IDC quoted by DigiTimes, the global tablet market grew 11 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period of 2013. Next to the tablets for buyers on a budget, analysts expect for the enterprise sector to increase demand as well.

Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for tablets, thinks that "stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."

During the second quarter, Apple shipped 13.3 million tablets and maintained its lead, followed by Samsung. While the first two companies reported declining sales, Lenovo now holds third place after surpassing Asus and gaining control of almost 5 percent of the market. Acer gets fifth position with only 2 percent, but the interesting part is that smaller manufacturers now control together the largest share of the market ever.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07-25 (Update: 2014-07-25)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.