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Worldwide Tablet Market Grows 11% in Q2, 2014: IDC

Aug 05, 2014 | By Quincy Liang

Worldwide sales of tablets (slate and 2-in-1 tablets) grew 11.0% year over year (YoY) in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Although shipments declined sequentially from the first quarter by 1.5%, the first-seen quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) drop in the segment, IDC said it believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year.

"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."

Despite declining shipments of its iPad product line, Apple managed to maintain its lead in the worldwide tablet market, shipping 13.3 million units in the second quarter.

Following a strong first quarter, Samsung struggled to maintain its momentum and saw its market share slip to 17.2% in the second quarter. Lenovo continued to climb the rankings ladder, surpassing ASUS and moving into the third spot in the tablet market, shipping 2.4 million units and grabbing 4.9% markets share.

An iPad tablet made by Apple, which maintained its lead in the second-quarter worldwide tablet market by shipping 13.3 million units. (Photo from the Internet)An iPad tablet made by Apple, which maintained its lead in the second-quarter worldwide tablet market by shipping 13.3 million units. (Photo from the Internet)

The top-5 was rounded out by ASUS and Acer, with 4.6% and 2.0% share, respectively. Share outside the top-5 grew to an all-time high as more and more vendors have made inroads in the tablet space. By now most traditional PC and phone vendors have at least one tablet model in the market, and strategies to move bundled devices and promotional offerings have slowly gained momentum.

"Until recently, Apple, and to a lesser extent Samsung, have been sitting at the top of the market, minimally impacted by the progress from competitors," said Jitesh Ubrani, Research Analyst, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Now we are seeing growth amongst the smaller vendors and a leveling of shares across more vendors as the market enters a new phase."

Top-5 Tablet Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share (Q2, 2014)*
Vendor 2Q14 Unit Shipments 2Q14 Market Share 2Q13 Unit Shipments 2Q13 Market Share Year-over-Year Growth
1. Apple
13.3
26.9%
14.6
33.0%
-9.3%
2. Samsung
8.5
17.2%
8.4
18.8%
1.6%
3. Lenovo
2.4
4.9%
1.5
3.3%
64.7%
4. ASUS
2.3
4.6%
2.0
4.5%
13.1%
5. Acer Group
1.0
2.0%
1.5
3.4%
-36.3%
Others
21.9
44.4%
16.4
37.0%
33.4%
Total 49.3 100.0% 44.4 100.0% 11.0%
*: Shipments in millions Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, July 24, 2014
             



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