Tablet shipments will be phased out starting in 2021, according to new research from DigiTimes. The decline is likely to continue over the next five years. Ultimately, the main buyers of these devices will be businesses and the education sector.
The report says that supplies are expected to decline by about 10.5% next year. Further, shipments will not decline so rapidly, and in the period from 2021 to 2025, the total volume of tablets sold annually will be about 120 million units.
This year, there has been a surge in tablet demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced people to work and study at home. In China, the epicenter of the pandemic, tablet demand in the first quarter is reported to have increased by as much as 30 percent from the same period last year. The second quarter showed an increase of 26 percent year on year. The market leaders are Apple, Lenovo, and Huawei. However, now people are returning to offices and the demand for tablets is gradually decreasing.
It is reported that due to US sanctions, Huawei's share of the tablet market will decline sharply next year. Demand reduction is also predicted for Amazon Fire tablets. The thing is that the demand for small-sized devices is decreasing in proportion to the growing popularity of smartphones with large screens. The demand for tablets over 10 inches is reported to have grown by nearly 10 percent year over year.