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IDC: Q4 Worldwide Tablet Shipments Hit New High


Based on the initial data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, tablet shipments went over and above predictions hitting a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the final quarter of 2012, whereas PC shipments went down during the quarter for the first time in over 5 years. While Apple’s iPad again dominated the market and the company’s shipment total of 22.9 million units was exactly in keeping with IDC’s prediction for the period, Apple’s stock price fell for a 2nd quarter in a row because of strong competition. Samsung received 263% year-on-year growth, shipping almost 8 million overall Android and Windows 8 tablets in the last quarter accounting for 15.1% of the market, its same share of the market total from the previous quarter. Tom Mainelli, IDC’s Tablet Research director said, “We expected a very strong fourth quarter, and the market didn’t disappoint. New product launches from the category’s top vendors, as well as new entrant Microsoft, led to a surge in consumer interest and very robust shipments totals during the holiday season.”


Chart: Top Five Worldwide Tablet Vendors, 2012Q4 Five Quarter Market Share Change (Units)Description: Worldwide Quarterly Tablet TrackerIDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracker provides total market size and vendor share for both the Tablet and eReader markets in 46 countries. Detailed segmentation is provided by CPU, operating system, connectivity type, screen size and resolution, storage, distribution channel, and customer segment. Measurement for this tracker is in units, value, and end-user price. For more information, or to subscribe to the research, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or knagamine@idc.com. Further detail about this tracker can be found at:http://www.idc.com/tracker/showproductinfo.jsp?prod_id=81Tags: Samsung, Apple, Amazon, Asus, Barnes Noble Tablet, IDC, tracker, Q4 2012, 4Q 2012, market share, galaxy, iPad, Kindle, Transformer, Nook, 2012Q4Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts

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