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Tablet sales may grow 11% this year against 55% in 2013

Tablet sales may grow 11% this year against 55% in 2013
The company projects worldwide tablet sales to touch 229 million units this year, which is a 11 per
cent growth over 2013 and represents 9.5 per cent of total worldwide device sales in 2014. In 2013, tablet sales grew 55 per cent.

In tablets, the downward trend stems from the slowdown in basic ultramobiles, new sales of iPads and Android tablets, and the lifetime extension of current tablets to three years by 2018, Gartner said in a statement.

It projects over 90 million fewer new tablet purchasers and 155 million fewer tablet replacements through 2018, it added. 'Some tablet users are not replacing a tablet with a tablet, they are favouring hybrid or two-in-one devices, increasing its share of the ultramobile premium market to 22 per cent in 2014, and 32 per cent by 2018,' Gartner Research Director Ranjit Atwal said.

Global shipments of devices — PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones — for 2014 are estimated to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 3.2 per cent increase from 2013.

'The device market continues to evolve, with the relationship between traditional PCs, different form factor ultramobiles (clamshells, hybrids and tablets) and mobile phones becoming increasingly complex,' Atwal said.


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