Recently, DisplaySearch unveiled some interesting info about how the tablet market is doing right now. Even if the original forecast was higher, now it seems that out there is a pretty good fall for tablet quarterly shipments. We find out that this year shipments declined at 56 million on year for the first time.
Hisakazu Torii, VP of smart application research at DisplaySearch, said: “Tablet demand in 2014 is being affected by falling demand for the 7-inch class in emerging regions and in China, where many local white-box brands have experienced lower-than-expected shipment growth.Most major vendors have recently reduced their business plans for 2014. There is a risk that the replacement cycle for tablets will lengthen beyond the one to two year range unless brands can develop more attractive usage scenarios.”
This research company also said that is expected that competition between 5.5-inch or larger smartphones and 7 to 7.9-inch tablets to reduce demand for tablets through 2018. Last year, 7 to 7.9-inch tablets had a unit share of 58%, but this number will gradually declin in the future. Also, tablets over 11-inch are expected to exceed 10% of the market by 2018.