Global tablet shipments and those of 2 in 1 devices are predicted to reach 221.8 million units this year, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. The figures mentioned by them stand for a decline of 3.8% from 2014, that also wasn’t the best year for tablets.
This prediction comes after two consecutive quarters of declining sales and it’s also an adjusted prediction compared to the previous forecast. Previously, we heard that 2015 may bring 234.5 million units shipped and 2.1% on year growth. Well, IDC experts have changed their minds it seems. In spite of the general slow down of the market, there will be some segments that will grow.
Cellular enabled tablets and 2 in 1 devices will keep selling well in some parts of the world. Carriers will be pushing 3G and 4G tablets, while the 2 in 1 models will be pushed by Microsoft’s hot offers, since it wants to sell OSes. The cellular slates and 2 in 1 devices are a small portion of the market, but they will register a 5.6% growth this year compared to the WiFi only devices, that will have a negative five year growth of 0.4%.