Tablet Sales Surged in Q1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Friday, 03 May 2013 10:54

SAN MATEO, CA – Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year-over-year in the first quarter, according to preliminary data from International Data Corp.

Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012. With growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller screen devices, tablets have shown no sign of slowing down.

Apple outperformed IDC's most recent projections for the quarter, shipping 19.5 million units compared to a forecast of 18.7 million units. The company, which historically has experienced a steep drop off in first quarter shipments (following strong holiday sales in the fourth quarter), saw some smoothing of that seasonality this year. Number two vendor Samsung also performed above expectations and managed to grow its shipments over the fourth quarter as more of the company's smaller-sized tablets began to gain traction in the market. Samsung has also used its recent Android smartphone growth to help bring its tablet product line into new markets and channels, leveraging the opportunity to package and bundle. The strong performance of the two market leaders helped drive total shipments to an impressive 49.2 million units for the quarter.

Asus moved into the number 3 vendor spot as it continued to see decent tablet shipment demand from the highly marketed Nexus 7 device. But, with Google's I/O conference right around the corner and expectations of an imminent device refresh, the company will need to find a way to sustain its momentum. Amazon fell to the number 4 position, once again the victim of a highly seasonal product cycle.

Microsoft, a focal point for many in the tablet space, entered the top five for the first time as shipments of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets combined for a total of nearly 900,000 units. Many were Surface Pro, which the company started shipping to the US and Canada in February. Microsoft has said that it is actively widening its regional distribution of both Surface RT and Surface Pro products. Beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market. Total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units.



Top 5 Tablet Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q1 2013

Vendor

1Q13 Unit Shipments

1Q13 Market Share

1Q12 Unit Shipments

1Q12 Market Share

Year-over-Year Growth

1. Apple

19.5

39.6%

11.8

58.1%

65.3%

2. Samsung

8.8

17.9%

2.3

11.3%

282.6%

3. ASUS

2.7

5.5%

0.6

3.1%

350.0%

4. Amazon.com Inc.

1.8

3.7%

0.7

3.6%

157.1%

5. Microsoft

0.9

1.8%

0.0

N/A

N/A

Others

15.5

31.5%

4.9

24.1%

216.3%

Total

49.2

100.0%

20.3

100.0%

142.4%

Shipments in millions. Source: IDC

 

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