Author : Tronserve | Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Global tablet shipments are predicted to fall dramatically on year in 2019 amid declining demand for brand and education tablets. Sales of white-box models have been dramatically undermined by brand-name devices, while demand for small-size white-box tablets will continue to glide in the next five years, according to Digitimes Research's 5-year forecast report on tablets.
Apple's iPad series, which accounts for the biggest amount of the brand-name tablet deliveries, might not receive upgrades as keenly as before in the next few years, while iPads' price cuts are only having limited effect on stimulating demand, Digitimes Research noted.
Global tablet shipments will see obstacles remaining at above 130 million units in 2020. After 2020, the global tablet market will become a sector of stiff demand with shipments to get smaller 2-3% every year, and by 2024, it will be challenging to keep volumes above 120 million units.
White-box tablet shipments will remain weak in 2020 as most makers' key products are small-size tablets that have been cannibalized by large-screen smartphones and Amazon's inexpensive tablets. Since many white-box tablet makers have initiated turning to manufacture non-tablet products and customized tablets, more makers are likely to quit the regular tablet business in the next few years.
Shipments of tablets with above 10-inch display or using an in-cell touch solution will escalate considerably in 2020 as Apple has replaced its inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad with a new 10.2-inch one, while panels makers have been keenly advertising their in-cell touch solution with advantages in production and pricing to replace GFF one.
Microsoft's Windows-based tablet shipments are estimated to expand exponentially in 2019 and will see its shipment share surge to 5.2% by 2020, trailing closely behind Lenovo.