Global Tablet Market Revenues to Reach $40.4 billion in 2012, $181.5 billion by 2018

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Tablets were once considered to be high-end and luxury consumer devices, but that has changed over the last two years as Apple's rise to dominance in the tablet market has been slowly eroded by cheaper, more mainstream competitor brands with similar tablets sold at a significantly lower price points.


As a result of this battle for control of the market, combined tablet and smartphone shipments have already eclipsed PC shipments, and the trend is anticipated to continue. Tablets are mobile computing devices that provide Internet access and ultimately will do everything a PC can do, but faster, cheaper, and - for some users - better.

2012 has seen a significant jump in tablet screen quality; from resolution, to panel technology, to the types of LEDs, tablet screens look better. With rumors of Samsung getting ready to leapfrog all current tablet displays, things are bound to get only more exciting.

New market research available from Global Information, Inc. (GII) examines the expanding global market for tablets and provides segment forecasts.

Tablets: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

Worldwide tablet market revenues at $32 billion in 2011 are anticipated to reach $40.4 billion in 2012 and $181.5 billion by 2018. Tablet markets are forecast to grow at 29% year-over-year. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways.

The features of the tablets and applications are evolving. Products support collaboration. Solutions are competitive. The industry is characterized by aggressive pricing practices, frequent product introductions, evolving design approaches and technologies, rapid adoption of technological and product advancements by competitors, and price sensitivity on the part of consumers and businesses.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

The Low Cost Tablets Market 2012-2017

Visiongain has determined that the value of the global low cost tablets market in 2012 will reach $3.44bn. Sales figures show incontestably that until 2010 no vendor was able to compete with Apple at a level price. Apple markets the iPad as a premium product offered at a premium selling price. While many new entrants created similar devices at the same price point (TouchPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab) they failed to take significant market share away from the incumbent.

However, in today's tablet market if a vendor can provide a comparable UI and positive user experience while offering a lower price point, it is deemed to be a very competitive product in the low-cost tablet segment, which is exactly why the low cost tablet industry has evolved at a rapid pace, maintaining the user experience while cutting the costs.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

Operator tablet strategies and forecasts: Western Europe and the USA

Connected tablets and e-readers contributed to 56% of the total number of mobile broadband net additions in 2011 in Western Europe. Tablet sales are increasing fast and could more than double to 130 million unit sales worldwide by the end of 2012. It is therefore important for operators to retain some level of visibility in that market. Tablets and e-readers, when connectable, are strong drivers for shared data plan adoption, which boosts operator data ARPU.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

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