A growing number of people are using their tablets to make calls instead of having dedicated smartphones. In Asia’s emerging markets, vendors are increasingly shipping 7-inch tablets with voice call functions, according to research firm IDC. Also Read - Apple led the growing wearable pack in Q4 2020, Xiaomi followed
During the second quarter, electronics vendors shipped 13.8 million tablets to the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan, the report said. And around 3.5 million (almost 25 percent) of these tablets had an option of using voice calling capabilities over a network built-in to the device. This marked a jump of 10 percentage points from the first quarter. Also Read - Realme sold over 8.3 million devices during festive sales period of 45 days
According to the report, the growth is especially strong in some emerging markets, such as India and Indonesia, with almost half of tablets in this region having the feature built-in. “This shift highlights the sustained interest among consumers, at least in emerging markets, to have a single mobile device for all their need,” said IDC analyst Avinash Sundaram. Also Read - Huawei MatePad T8 launched in India: Price, features, sale date and other details
Although large screen phones are already popular, some consumers in the region have tighter budgets, and want a product that merges all their electronic needs into a single device, Sundaram said, adding, “They don’t want to walk around with a phone, tablet and PC. This is basically addressing budgetary needs.”
It is also interesting to note that all of the call-enabled tablets in the report ran on Android, such as Samsung’s Tab range and the Asus Fonepad.
Sundaram expects the trend of Android tablets used as a single converged mobile device in emerging markets to continue to gain pace. “For now, it does look like the Asian love for bigger screens is set to continue,” he said.