Things aren’t looking too good for the global tablet market. It has actually been in a constant state of decline for the past eight quarters and the situation has remained the same in the third quarter of this year. Latest figures from market research firm IDC show that the global tablet market saw a 14.7 percent year-over-year decline in Q3 2016. No major tablet vendor was able to ship 10 million or more units this past quarter.
The data shows that 43 million units combined were shipped in Q3 2016 as opposed to 50.5 million units during the same period last year. The figures include the detachable form factors as well which means that tablets with keyboards are also accounted for in these figures.
Apple retained its position as the top tablet vendor by shipping 9.3 million iPad units in the third quarter of this year. Samsung remains in second place with shipments of 6.5 million units. Both companies saw a year-over-year decline of 6.2 percent and 19.3 percent respectively.
Amazon demonstrated strong growth by shipping 3.1 million units compared to 0.8 million units during the same period last year, it has seen a YoY growth of 319.9 percent. Lenovo and Huawei complete the top five with shipments of 2.7 million and 2.4 million units. The top five vendors accounted for 55.8 percent of the entire global tablet market in the third quarter of this year.
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