Convertible sales dominate tablet sales, IDC’s quarterly report confirms

By: George Finley
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The decline of tablets was acknowledged a long time ago, and it seems that it continues. Currently, large-screened phones became the norm, and they eradicate tablets’ position as large canvases for creating and viewing touch first digital content.

IDC’s quarterly report on the tablet market is here, and it confirms what we already knew related to the doom of tablets.

Tablets are going down with the speed of light

The Senior Research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, Jitesh Ubrani, says that there is a penchant for low-cost slates and this is true even for premium sellers such as Apple.

He predicts that the overall installed base of these devices will decline further in the future. First-time buyers for standard tables are becoming rarer these days, and the penchant for low-end and cheap devices are replacing older tablets. They are being sold as bundles by mobile carriers these days.

Microsoft’s tablets may be doomed as well

Windows convertibles might be the reason for which the standalone tablet is on its deathbed, and it seems that Microsoft’s tablets may be facing the same sad fate.

According to an IDC survey, owners of detachables and convertibles were more prone to recommend a convertible to another buyer than a detachable. The 2017 holiday season will probably be a critical crossroad for detachables.

Microsoft’s Surface devices

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Microsoft defines its Surface device as a laptop, but IDC categorizes it as a detachable tablet. It differs from a convertible PC because its keyboard can be entirely removed.

The iPad would also be considered a tablet under this market. Both of them are selling pretty well, but neither one is enough to push the tablet market from dying, according to IDC.

It’s true that users prefer buying convertible laptops that perform all kinds of gadgetry tricks to take advantage of the touch-friendly desktop operating systems.

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