According to IDC, the hardest hit was Apple’s iOS-based iPad in first position with a 13% year-on-year (y-o-y) drop to 8.9 million units representing 24.6% market share. Samsung was number two at six million (16.5%) and experienced a small drop of 1.1%. Huawei was third at 2.7 million (7.4%) with spectacular growth of 31.7%.
IDC has at last differentiated between slates and hybrids (like the Surface Pro with a detachable keyboard) that also cross over the traditional personal computer desktop/notebook market. These figures are for slates.
Ryan Reith, programme vice-president with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said, “The tablet market category was really created in 2010 with the launch of the original iPad.
IDC says the PC market has recorded its first growth in five years.
|Top Five Tablet Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Growth, First Quarter 2017 (Preliminary Results, Shipments in millions)|
|Company||1Q17 Unit Shipments||1Q17 Market Share||1Q16 Unit Shipments||1Q16 Market Share||Year-Over-Year Growth|
|Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, 4 May, 2017|
Apple experienced its 13th consecutive quarter of y-o-y shipment decline. Last year was Apple's first full year of iPad Pro shipments, which included the launch of the smaller screen lower-cost 9.7” version.
Samsung remained the number two tablet provider. It continues to migrate its tablet portfolio to the detachable segment and launched three new Windows 10 products at this year's Mobile World Congress in February. After supposedly leaving the PC business in 2014, Samsung now finds itself approaching the market again with a handful of Windows 10 detachable tablet models.
Huawei was the only company among the top five to experience growth – up 31.7% from a low base of 2 million a year ago. Huawei has also slowly migrated its tablet portfolio from an Android slate tablet line-up to now include a mix of Windows 10 detachables.
Amazon.com continues to fluctuate in and out of the top rankings with its low-cost Kindle Fire devices. In Q1 the company shipped 2.2 million devices at very aggressive price points with a strategy to drive content and product sales via the device.
Lenovo shipped 2.1 million tablets. IDC expects to see more of its successful notebook PC line-up migrate into the detachable tablet category.