We usually see a lot of device-related predictions for the year 2020 or close to it, but today we came across predictions for the tablet market up to the year 2026, so 10 years from now. The global tablet market is set to register a CAGR of 20.6% when it comes to value and also 9.1% growth in volume over the next decade.

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Android slates will continue to grow especially and experts predict a “healthy incremental opportunity”. Increased consumer purchasing power and economic development are said to push this growth. Emerging markets like India, China and Brazil will be key for the growth of the tablet market, which is coming after at least 2 or 3 years of stagnation.

The slate market has been finding itself and capitalizing on the ascension of detachables for its evolution. Nowadays tablets aren’t only used for entertainment, but also for e-commerce and more business purposes. Market segmentation is said to continue, as detachables will continue to grow. Android tablets will account for a very high volume of all sales, with a CAGR of 10.2% over the next decade.

The share of this OS will be at 44.2% in the following time frame, while iOS will get to 44.9% value share of the global tablet market by 2026. Even 8 inch slates and smaller will register growth. The commercial tablet as a segment will be worth $56.69 billion by the end of the current year and it’s expected to grow over 20% over the next years.

The Asia Pacific market will remain dominant in volumes. Sounds like an interesting decade, unless there’s a sudden paradygm shift because of Apple or Samsung.

  • Robert Jasiek

    Not volume makes devices interesting but quality.

    Tablets are a device class meant to be suitable
    – indoors and outdoors but currently only a few have a display well fitted outdoors,
    – for at least a whole day of use but currently only a few offer 16+ hours of battery life,
    – with WLAN but currently still too many have poor WLAN quality and range,
    – for interaction with other devices but too many lack efficient file management and security.

    During the next 10 years, I expect (uhm, hope) that all tablets achieve the promise of their own device class. We do not need eternally replaced rubbish but devices with lasting value, quite like today’s PCs (even if self-built) and desktop monitors.