The tablet PC market in India shrunk by 18 percent to 3.5 million units in 2016 over the previous year, research firm CMR today said. In the October-December quarter, shipments recorded a 16 percent decline to 0.81 million over the same period of 2015 on account of lukewarm sales. Datawind retained the top position with 34 percent market share, followed by Samsung (18 percent), Pantel (12 percent) and Micromax (10 percent) in 2016. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 series India variants might be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoCAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 Core budget phone launched with a 5000mAh battery: Check price in India, specs
In terms of technology, shipments of units with 2G support witnessed a sharp fall of 92 percent in 2016 over the previous year, while sales of 3G devices declined 71 percent. 4G tablet sales rose by 6 percent in 2016. Iris-enabled and biometric tablets will see a bigger uptake in 2017 and overall, the market will see traction towards institutional and government sales, CMR analyst Menka Kumari said.
The research firm said the market is moving towards a consolidation phase and 2017 will see further shrinkage with only 6-7 serious players remaining in the list. ALSO READ: Lenovo Tab 4 Series tablets launched at MWC 2017: Price, specifications and features
“We have seen about 40 players exiting the market in the past 3-4 years. Unless the tablet industry comes out as a gateway for a particular solution, the turnaround would be difficult for the market,” CMR said.
While smartphones are taking care of the masses, the tablets industry should cater to particular segments and customized their specs accordingly, it added. ALSO READ: Stretchable tablets to soon become a reality
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