IDC report shows tablet sales continue to plummet, Apple increases lead over Samsung

By midian182
Aug 2, 2016
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  1. While the recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report on the state of the global smartphone market shows year-on-year growth to be flat, phone sales are looking quite healthy next to tablet shipments, which have declined for the seventh quarter in a row.

    The latest IDC tablet figures show that total tablet sales have fallen by 12.3 percent in Q2 2016 compared to the same period last year. The numbers cover both slate and detachables, which refers to those tablets with a dedicated method of attaching docks, keyboards, or similar accessories.

    Apple may have sold 9.2 percent fewer tablets than it did in Q2 2015, but it remains the top manufacturer with 10 million units shipped, giving it a 25.8 percent share of the market. In what is a reverse of the smartphone sector, Samsung lies in second place behind its Cupertino rival; the Korean giant shipped 6 million tablets during the last quarter, down by almost a 25 percent compared to last year.

    The rest of the top five is made up of Lenovo in third with 2.5 million sales and a 6.6 percent share, Huawei’s 2.2 million tablet sales puts it in fourth with a 5.6 percent share, and the 1.6 million Kindle Fires Amazon sold gives the online retailer fifth place on a 4 percent share.

    Vendor 2Q16 Unit Shipments 2Q16 Market Share 2Q15 Unit Shipments 2Q15 Market Share Year-Over-Year Growth
    Apple 10.0 25.8% 11.0 24.9% -9.2%
    Samsung 6.0 15.6% 8.0 18.2% -24.5%
    Lenovo 2.5 6.6% 2.5 5.6% 3.1%
    Huawei 2.2 5.6% 1.3 2.9% 71.0% 1.6 4.0% 0.1 0.3% 1208.9%
    Others 16.4 42.4% 21.3 48.2% -22.9%
    Total 38.7 100.0% 44.1 100.0% -12.3%

    The wide variety of tablets available from different manufacturers means the ‘Others’ category makes up 42.4 percent of the market, a YoY decline of 22.9 percent. Android, meanwhile, remains the most popular OS overall with a 65 percent share. iOS is second with 26 percent, while Windows devices make up 9 percent.

    The overall tablet market may be retracting, but it seems that more people are buying detachables.

    “The market has spoken, as consumers and enterprises seek more productive form factors and operating systems — it’s the reason we’re seeing continued growth in detachables,” said IDC senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani in a statement. “At present, it’s difficult for Android to compete with iOS or Windows detachable products. However, the next 12 to 18 months will be very interesting, as Google launches the next version of Android with better multi-tasking support and as they begin to bring together their two operating systems.”

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,321   +1,967

    The main issue I have noticed with Samsung is how packed their applications are with ads; to the point that it affects performance. Also, more and more of their apps are simply lackluster ..... two things that will kill off any product, no matter how good it might be or was......
  3. damnthereaper

    damnthereaper TS Enthusiast Posts: 44

    I see this is a a combination of two things, as the article mentioned tablets are on a larger decline while phones still see growth. From what I've seen people do not replace tablets anywhere near the same rate as phones. Phones usually go through more rigorous use and are out in the public more so people have a tendency to want to have a newer in good shape phone, while tablets usually stay in better shape longer, so people are less likely to buy a new version. The larger contribution to the declining sales, is probably the fact that tablets are not a new fad anymore, everyone who wants one has one and due to my earlier point on the difference of phones and tablets are less likely to buy a new one at a much less rate then phones. So a lot of new sales are really just late adopters and those who like to have the newest and greatest.

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