A new report has been published by Digitimes which claims that the Global tablet shipment will see a huge drop by 2023. The report points that the tablet shipments are expected to drop in both 2018 and 2019 to arrive at 141 million units next year.
Digitimes blamed the increasing display size of smartphones for the decline in the tablet shipment. Digitimes says that with the launch of iPhone XS Max the display size has been pushed to 6.5-inch which wasn’t the case a few years back.
For 2021-2023, worldwide tablet shipments are estimated to see on-year declines of only around 2-3% every year and will remain stably above 120 million units annually during the period.
Tablets with 9-inch and above displays are expected enjoy shipment growths in 2018 thanks to demand from consumers for replacing their smaller-size models and increasing procurement from the education sector. White-box tablet shipments are expected to rise slightly from a year ago in 2018 benefiting from stabilized key component prices.
With Apple’s release of its iPhone XS Max, the maximum size for a smartphone is now at 6.5-inch and it is unlikely to see a major expansion in screen size for future smartphones, easing some pressure from the table market. Digitimes Research expects mainstream tablet sizes after 2020 will be between 9.7-inch to 12.9-inch.
Apple will be the only vendor who will see a rise in tablet demand, thanks to the durability compared to Android counterparts and the fact that the education sector is now pushing for small tablets which can be carried around easily.