A recent report from intelligence firm CMR India showed a slow down of the tablet market in India and a dip in shipments. That compares to the previous quarter unfavourably, as the dip was 11%, with just a mere 0.68 million models moved over the past 3 months. Interestingly we previously covered a report that showed growth for the Indian tablets in Q2…
The same report mentions that the market saw a 29% year over year decline in the quarter compared to the same last year period. Datawind continues to be market leader with a 27% market share, while iBall is second with 16% and Lenovo and Samsung are at 14% market share each. The smartphone market is moving more and more towards 4G, so the same trend is adopted in the tablet area, apparently.
The demand for SIM-enabled devices keeps growing and the WiFi-enabled ones get strong demand in the student community. This info comes from Menka Kumari, analyst at CMR India. The report also shows that smartphones have eaten into the tablet market, because of the bigger and bigger screens on the smartphones, their high megapixel count and other appealing features.
The slates seem bulky and high priced by comparison. The report also mentions that 4G, 2G and WiFi slates grew by 8%, 17% and 21% respectively in the second quarter of the year, compared to the previous time frame. The 3G models dropped by 19% during the same period. Graphic tablets, detachables and other original machines are getting more and more traction.