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Tablet sales in MEA region dropped in Q4 2015

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While shipments in the region dropped 3.1 percent for 2015 as a whole, tablet sales in Q4 were 8.8 percent lower than the same period of the year before.

While the global tablet market is going down quite fast, and some regions seem to fall faster than others. The Middle East and Africa is such a region and the figures are quite interesting. The latest numbers coming from IDC suggest that tablet sales in Q4 have fallen more than twice as fast when compared to the whole year.

Back in 2015, the global tablet market went down by 9.9 percent compared to the year before. However, the MEA region managed to decline just 3.1 percent during the same period. For the entire year, sales in the region have reached 16.2 million units. In the final quarter, that number was 4.05 million, but the drop compared to Q4 2014 was no less than 8.8 percent.

According to IDC senior research analyst Nakul Dogra, "The largest vendors are feeling the pinch of saturation in many countries across the Middle East, and low consumer confidence in oil-dependent economies is driving down demand." An interesting part of the MEA tablet market was the convertible tablets niche, where shipments exploded compared to 2014 - the growth exceeded 95 percent.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-24 (Update: 2016-03-24)
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.