Global tablet shipments to top 170-180 million units in 2013
Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 15 January 2013]
Global sales of tablets are expected to top 170-180 million in 2013 with 7-inch models likely to enjoy higher growth momentum, according to industry sources, citing data released by market research firms. Global tablet shipments were estimated at around 130 million units in 2012.
Tablets set on iOS will take up a majority share in the 9-11-inch segment in 2013, while Android-based models will prevail in the 7-inch sector although sales of iPad mini are expected to grow substantially in the year, said the sources.
Shipments of 9-inch tablets grew 35% to 73.4 million units in 2012, accounting for 59% global tablet shipments, according to data compiled by IHS iSuppli. Meanwhile, shipments of 7-inch models nearly doubled to 41.1 million units for a 32% share during the same period, the same data showed.
IDC has also indicated that sales of tablets in sizes ranging from 7- to 8-inch are expected to account for over 60% of total tablet shipments in 2013 compared to 33% in 2012 due to price advantages.
Shipments of 7-inch tablets by Google and Amazon are likely to reach 10 million units, or even higher, each in 2013, while Acer's recently released new 7-inch model, the B1-A71, with a starting price of less than $150, may also make some gains, the sources noted.
Samsung Electronics also aims to double its tablet shipments in 2013, and the industry is expecting Samsung's total shipments to reach over 30 million units in the year.