According to an ABI Research study, it seems that the number of branded tablets shipments will reach the 200 million mark this year, a number that represent a 20% gain year-over-year from the 166 million shipments in 2013.

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Senior Practide Director, Jeff Orr said: “If Intel is able to achieve its goal of 40 million tablets with its processor technology, the silicon vendor will suddenly become a significant player. One of the greatest opportunities this year is for development, manufacturing and marketing of tablets on a regional and even local level, which shakes up the vendor ecosystem of the past four years. Partnerships and deals struck this year will be key for the next few years of tablet adoption.”

Also, the guys from ABI Research predicts that the North American tablet market will drop below 50% of all branded tablet shipments for the first time, thanks to the manufacturers that want to sell in other markets too.