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Dell downplays popularity of slate tablets ahead of Apple's WWDC next week

Dell downplays popularity of slate tablets ahead of Apple's WDCC next week
Dell downplays popularity of slate tablets ahead of Apple's WDCC next week
Dell cites a shrinking tablet market to boast its successful and fast-growing series of 2-in-1 XPS and Latitude notebooks.

Apple will almost surely unveil a new iPad at WWDC 2017 tomorrow in San Jose, California to the usual fanfare and hype from the press. Dell, however, has released data belittling iPads and slate tablets to claim that the convertible 2-in-1 market is showing much more promise moving forward. Needless to say, Dell will be investing much more in detachables and convertibles than traditional Android or Windows tablets for the time being.

According to Dell, shipments of its latest 2-in-1 devices like the XPS 13 2-in-1, Inspiron 5000 2-in-1, Latitude 5285, and Latitude 5289 have grown 29.9 percent YoY worldwide against the industry average of -10.2 percent during the same period. If broken down by region, Dell 2-in-1 systems have grown 69 percent in the U.S., 86 percent in China, and 177 percent in the UK YoY. The Texan manufacturer is making it very clear that productivity is substantially more flexible on devices that are notebooks first and tablets second and not vice versa.

In this case, it would be difficult for us to disagree with Dell. Market analysts from IDC have tracked a 20.1 percent YoY decline in slate tablet sales for the ninth quarter in a row to suggest a saturated market of users who are unlikely to repurchase more tablets. The 2017 Holiday season should prove to be interesting as the new iPad could potentially revitalize the slate market or else Apple may have to look for 2-in-1 iOS/MacOS solutions of its own.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-06- 5 (Update: 2017-06- 5)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.