The death of the tablet? New figures reveal that global shipments have fallen by 13% since last year

New IDC data shows that the global tablet market fell 13.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter. That marks the fifteenth consecutive decline in annual shipments of tablets

The tablet market is still going south.

New IDC data shows that the global tablet market fell 13.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.

That means that the tablet market has declined year after year for the past 15 consecutive quarters, casting a bleak outlook on the state of tablet sales.

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New IDC data shows that the global tablet market fell 13.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter. That marks the fifteenth consecutive decline in annual shipments of tablets

New IDC data shows that the global tablet market fell 13.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter. That marks the fifteenth consecutive decline in annual shipments of tablets

The only bright spot in the report is that, among the tablet makers, Apple and Huawei saw a slight increase in their shipments.

Apple shipped 11.5 million tablets during the second quarter, up from 11.4 million last year, while Huawei sent 3.4 million tablets, an increase of 3.1 million tablets during the same period. 2017

That marked an increase of 7.7 percent year on year for Huawei and an annual increase of 0.9% for Apple.

The total number of tablets sent worldwide in the second quarter was 33 million, five million less than in the second quarter of 2017.

"Although consumers and companies have shown interest in the removable form factor, those that operate with tighter budgets have very few options available and therefore, some have opted for traditional PCs," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst of IDC. declaration.

"However, with the release of Surface Go, based on Chrome OS and, hopefully, a more affordable iPad Pro in the future, the removable category still has a bright future, provided that the performance and software are up to par. the expectations of the users ".

The only bright spot in the report is that, among the tablet makers, Apple and Huawei saw a slight increase in their shipments. Apple controls 35 percent of the tablet market

The only bright spot in the report is that, among the tablet makers, Apple and Huawei saw a slight increase in their shipments. Apple controls 35 percent of the tablet market

The only bright spot in the report is that, among the tablet makers, Apple and Huawei saw a slight increase in their shipments. Apple controls 35 percent of the tablet market

Apple is in the lead among all tablet suppliers, controlling approximately 35 percent of the market.

The company launched what it called its' most affordable iPad so far & # 39; in March.

The device features a 9.7-inch screen and starts at $ 329 for consumers and $ 299 for schools.

Now it will face renewed competition with Microsoft, which launched Surface Go last month.

The new tablet is a smaller and cheaper alternative to its popular Surface Pro device.

Surface Go has a 10-inch touch screen, nine hours of battery life, front camera with face recognition session and USB-C port for charging and data transfer.

Like previous devices in the Surface tablet range, the new device is compatible with the Surface Pen to make annotations and scribbles on the screen.

The basic model starts at $ 399, while the upper version costs $ 549.

HOW IS THE SURFACE COMPARED AGAINST THE iPAD?

The all-new Microsoft Surface Go tablet is a smaller and more affordable alternative to its flagship Surface Pro.

The 10-inch tablet is compatible with a redesigned and removable keyboard cover for word processing, as well as with the Surface Pen.

Surface Go starts from $ 399 (£ 300) for the basic model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage, which makes it comparable to the 9.7-inch iPad.

Microsoft Surface Go is a cheaper alternative for those who do not want to spend $ 799 (£ 799) on the Surface Pro flagship device two in one

Microsoft Surface Go is a cheaper alternative for those who do not want to spend $ 799 (£ 799) on the Surface Pro flagship device two in one

Apple recently updated its entry-level tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad, to support the entry of its Apple Pencil

Apple recently updated its entry-level tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad, to support the entry of its Apple Pencil

Microsoft Surface Go is a cheaper alternative for those who do not want to spend $ 799 (£ 799) on the Surface Pro flagship device two in one. Apple recently updated its entry-level tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad, to support the entry of its Apple Pencil

Apple updated the iPad to support Apple Pencil earlier this year, adding the ability to draw and write notes on the tablet for $ 329 (£ 319).

Unlike the iPad Pro range, Apple does not sell its own removable keyboard cover for the entry-level tablet, however, it markets the device in its ability to work with third-party solutions.

Price

Screen size

Screen resolution

Processor

RAM

Built-in storage

Battery duration

Stylus Compatibility

Keyboard

OS

Availability

Go Surface

Start from $ 399 (£ 380)

10 inches (25.4cm)

1800 x 1200 pixels

Intel Pentium Gold

4GB or 8GB

64 GB or 128 GB

Up to 9 hours

Yes, Surface Pen (£ 100)

Yes, type of covered surface

Windows 10 S

Start sending on August 2

iPad 9.7 inches

Start from $ 329 (£ 319)

9.7 inches (24,638)

2048 x 1536 pixels

Apple A10

2GB

32 GB or 128 GB

Up to 10 hours

Yes, Apple Pencil (£ 89)

Yes, non-Apple models

Apple iOS 11

Out now

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