Ahead of the expected announcement of Apple’s iPad mini, Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum provides his view on:
Smart Tablet Market
“From a standing start in 2010, global shipments of smart tablets and other portable smart devices (PSDs) – i.e. those portable computing devices based on “smart” operating systems (OSs) that are not otherwise defined as smartphones or PCs – are expected to exceed 130 million units in calendar year 2012, rising to 349 million units in calendar year 2017. This equates to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22% across the period 2012-17 making this the fastest growing category of consumer electronics ever.
“The bulk of growth in shipments for smart tablets and other PSDs continues to arise from a combination of three main drivers. The first driver is as additional device sales on top of those for smartphones and PCs as “third devices” in high-penetration PC markets. The second driver is the use of tablets and other PSDs as primary computing devices in low-penetration PC markets, an opportunity that plays well to lower-cost tablet form factor devices. The third driver is smart tablets and PSDs as substitutes for segments of the PC market, primarily notebooks and netbooks, an opportunity that plays well to convergent devices based on Microsoft’s Windows RT.
“Much of the early growth of the tablet and PSD market has been attributable to the Apple iPad, a device whose sales Ovum estimates to represent 54% of the market in 2012 . The great majority of other tablet and PSD shipments in 2012 – 35% – will be of devices running variants of Google’s Android OS. These two platforms will be increasingly challenged by Windows RT through the forecast period.”
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