Tablet Growth Declining Quickly Because Of Low-Cost Notebooks And Large-Size Smartphones

IDC expects the volume to grow 6.5% on year to 230 million units, also lower than its original forecast of 12.1%.
NPD DisplaySearch expects global tablet shipments to reach 254 million units, up 2% on year, but far lower than its previous forecast of 14%.

The 7″ tablet segment is being hurt by large-sized smartphones and Chromebooks are hurting tablet sales as well since they are priced aggressively at $199.

During the fourth quarter all major notebook vendors are expected to launch additional windows based products in the price range of $199 – $249 which is why the research firms have adjusted their forecasted tablet numbers.

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