Global sales of tablets have shrunk again as of Q1 2016

Global sales of tablets have shrunk again as of Q1 2016
Global sales of tablets have shrunk again as of Q1 2016
New data from TrendForce shows a YoY drop of 7.9 percent and a QoQ drop of 35 percent.

We reported earlier last week on the shrinking tablet market and more data from market analysts at TrendForce are reinforcing this claim. Accordingly, worldwide shipments of tablets totaled 35.2 million units in Q1 2016 to correspond to a decline of 35 percent compared to Q4 2015. When compared to Q1 2015, shipments have dropped 7.9 percent.

In particular, TrendForce has noted that customer interest in 7-inch tablets have waned considerably. For example, 7-inch tablets made up 51 percent of all tablet shipments in Q1 2015 compared to just under 40 percent as of Q1 2016. Meanwhile, shipments of tablets larger than 11-inches in screen size have skyrocketed from 1.5 percent in Q1 2015 to 10 percent as of Q1 2016 due to the introduction of successful models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 series.

The top 3 largest tablet manufacturers continue to be Apple, Samsung, and Amazon in that order. As expected, QoQ shipment numbers for all manufacturers tanked due to the Holiday Q4 2015 season. Nonetheless, Huawei experienced the smallest decline in terms of percentages at only 10 percent compared to the 47 percent decline from Amazon.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05- 6 (Update: 2016-05- 7)
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.