Analyst forecasts 51.9 million tablets to ship before end of 2011

iPad continues to dominate the tablet scene, but is expected to give up a fraction of its market share to the impending Windows 8 and Amazon tablets

The lack of any threatening competition against the iPad this year has increased at least one analyst’s estimations for overall 2011 tablet shipment numbers.

Analyst Mark Moskowitz of investment bank J.P. Morgan chimes in on the situation:

Beyond the iPad, there has not been another high-volume tablet offering, yet. We are still awaiting the emergence of a clear number two player, though this may not happen until the launch of Windows 8 in 2H 2012.”

As a result, Moskowitz has raised his initial 2011 tablet shipment prediction to 51.9 million units, up from a previous prediction of 46.1 million. Apple’s market share of the tablet sector is also expected to be higher than initially thought at 70.9 percent with overall tablet revenue as high as $28.9 billion by the end of 2011.

The analyst is expecting a changing playing field in 2012, however, as the big players should have their latest offerings by then. The tablet-optimized Windows 8 OS is anticipated to launch, as well as the yet to be announced Amazon tablet. These two competitors in particular are predicted to put a dent on Apple’s market share down to 62.8 percent, says Moskowitz.

The same analyst earlier this year said that manufacturers may have been reducing tablet production numbers due to fears of a bubble burst in the tablet market.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-09- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.