Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tablets accounted for 50% PC market - NOS



The tablet is becoming increasingly popular. Next year half of all PCs sold worldwide will be a tablet. That says research firm Canalys. While sales of laptops and desktops are falling, sales of tablets is only increasing.

In the third quarter of this year, tablets were already accounted for 40 percent of sales. Next year it will expand to 50 percent, Canalys expects. Laptops will account for 33 percent of the PC market for desktops and 17 percent.

The research firm expects that there will be 285 million tablets sold in 2014 and that sales will rise to 396 million in 2017.

Apple sold last quarter, most tablets, followed closely by Samsung. Canalys expects that the market share of both Apple and Samsung next year will fall by the advent of cheap tablets from manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP.

The research firm believes that Microsoft’s market share to grow slightly, by 2 percent in 2012 to 5 percent next year. Since 2012, Microsoft is active in the tablet market with the Surface.

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