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Global tablet market expected to bounce back in 2018

Global tablet market forecast by 2020, Acer Iconia tablets unveiled at IFA 2014
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IDC expects the tablet market to get back on track thanks to detachables, a segment that might grow to to 31 percent by 2020, up from 16 percent right now.

While smartphone-related sales might soon be left behind by sales of VR gear, it looks like there is still hope for tablets to get back on track. Obviously, nothing is certain, but IDC thinks detachable tablets can push the global market back up in less than three years.

The detachable segment of the market currently accounts for about 16 percent of total tablet sales, but IDC forecasts it will grow up to 31 percent in 2020. However, they also say the market has reached a peak and will continue to drop by the end of 2017. Fortunately, the increase of convertible tablets with detachable keyboards sales will bring the market back to a positive trend in 2018, claims the same source.

At last, it should be noted that IDC expects annual shipments of over 100 million tablets through 2020. The main force behind this performance is likely Amazon's $49.99 USD Fire tablet, but that remains to be seen.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-06- 6 (Update: 2016-06- 6)
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.