Market observers believe the global demand for tablets in 2013 is close to 180-240 million units
Market observers believe the global demand for tablets in 2013 is close to 180-240 million units and the 7-inch segment will account for 45-60% of total shipments. Eyeing this market segment, firms such as Acer and Asustek have introduced new models with retail prices around US$149-159/unit. In addition, the Nexus 7 by Google and Asustek is reportedly to be reintroduced with Full HD panels while the price stays the same at US$199/unit in the second quarter of 2013.
Furthermore, Samsung and Acer both plan to introduce 8-inch tablets in the second quarter to compete with the iPad mini. Acer's 8-inch tablet will be priced around NT$6,000/unit (US$202/unit).