The Fall of Tablets: Are They Becoming Obsolete?

Fall of Tablets

 

Technology is driving the present world forward. Of Technology, the footprint of smartphones and other electronic devices is very high. We have smartphones for portability and ease of use and laptops for heavy work. Between these two is the existence of Tablet computers, simply called Tablets.

Tablets are popular for their large displays, unlike smartphones, high specifications without compromising on portability. But the evolution of smartphones year by year severely crippled the tablet market and let’s see how bad the downfall is.

Tablet Sales Nose Dives

Market intelligence firm TrendForce and research firm IDC conducted surveys on the tablet sales behaviour and looks like that the Tablet market is witnessing a 10th consecutive year where the shipments declined.

All the tablets except the one with the permanent keyboard are considered for this research which means the powerful Surface Pro 4 is also included. A 34.5 percent shipments fell when compared to 2016 making the year-on-year decline 9.3 percent.

Source: Android Authority
Source: Android Authority

TrendForce analyst Anita Wang said, “After experiencing a significant retreat in shipments for the first quarter, the tablet market is now focusing on the sales performance of the economically priced 9.7-inch iPad that was released towards the end of this March.”

The list of top five tablet companies are as follows

  1. Apple
  2. Samsung
  3. Huawei
  4. Amazon.com
  5. Lenovo

Of these Apple witnessed the highest decline with -13.0% and of the five companies, Huawei is the only company with an increase in sales with a year-over-year growth of 31.7%.

How Tablets Can Be Back To Their Glory

The exponential development of smartphones is the main reason for customers losing interest in purchasing a tablet. With the present flagship smartphones now having more than 3GB RAM, the highest by OnePlus 3T with 6GB RAM, buying a tablet with comparatively less RAM became obsolete.

Source: Microsoft
Source: Microsoft

Not only RAM but also the camera, processor, display quality and even more features are now being high than in tablets. So, developing just a unibody device with touch may not make money anymore. The research firms confirm that tablets with a detachable keyboard will have a more positive response.

To make tablets ubiquitous again, the designs must be revamped again to meet the current requirements. The line between a tablet and 2-in-1 must be smudged like Microsoft did with Surface Pro 4 for a better response in the market.

Adding more accessories like detachable keyboard, a touch pen and something more innovative may jumpstart the old car for a great journey ahead. What do you think? Which feature must be added to make Tablets great again?

 

 

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