Asia-Pacific tablet shipments will increase by 1.5%: IDC

  • By Lisa Wang / Staff Reporter

Tablet shipments in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to grow at an annual rate of 1.5% to reach 57.2 million units this year, as more countries, including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, plan to unveil new educational projects to support blended learning models amid the COVID-19 pandemic, research firm International Data Corp (IDC) said yesterday.

The growth projection comes after tablet shipments in the region last year rose 12.9% year-on-year to 56.4 million units.

“Many countries in the region have gone through varying levels of lockdown throughout 2021. With the needs for e-learning, home entertainment and working from home triggered by the pandemic, demand for tablets has continued “, Jennifer Kwan, senior market analyst for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Client Device Research Group, said in a report.

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“Tablet penetration has increased as there are more first-time buyers. However, supply has been a concern for many tablet vendors, which has hampered further growth in the tablet market. tablets,” Kwan said.

This year, tablet supply is expected to improve, “benefiting from the entry of new vendors and improving supply conditions from other major vendors,” IDC said.

Several newcomers entered the Android tablet market last year, including Xiaomi Corp (小米) and Realme Mobile Telecommunications (Shenzhen) Co (銳爾覓移動通信), which launched new models in the third quarter of the last year, while Nokia and Motorola Inc followed. in the fourth quarter, he said.

Other new vendors expected to launch tablets this year include Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp (歐珀) and Vivo Communication Technology Co (維沃), he said.

“It is interesting to see more smartphone vendors entering the tablet market. This helps alleviate supply issues and offer a greater variety of products. We can expect competition in the Android market to be fierce in 2022,” Kwan said.

Apple Inc shipped 21.68 million units in the region last year, giving it the largest market share of 38.4%, according to IDC data.

Samsung Electronics Co replaced Huawei Technology Inc (華為) in second place, shipping 8.05 million units for a 14.3% market share.

Huawei slipped to third place, shipping 7.26 million units for a 12.9% market share.

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