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IDC drops tablet sales forecast, sees phablets encroaching on the market

Matt Hamblen | May 30, 2014
Further slowing sales: Owners are keeping their tablets longer -- up to 3.5 years

While tablets in the 7-in. to 8-in. range made up 55% of all tablets shipped in 2013, that percentage is expected to fall to 44.5% in 2018, IDC said. Tablets from 8 in. to 11-in. made up 44% of the market in 2013, and will climb to nearly 49% in 2018. The 11-in. and larger tablets were less than 1% of the market in 2013 and will grow to 6.6% of the market by 2018.

Tablet OS breakdown chart
IDC expects Android tablets to dominate the market through 2018. (Graphic: IDC)


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