The global market for tablet computers surged 78.4 percent last year,
with 128 million of the devices shipped, a survey showed Thursday.
firm IDC said tablets made up 10.7 percent of the global market last
year for "smart connected devices," which include smartphones, and
portable and desktop PCs.
Overall, the market for these devices
grew 29 percent to 1.2 billion, according to IDC, with growth in tablets
and smartphones which saw a 46 percent rise offsetting declines in PC
Although tablet sales sizzled, they have not yet eclipsed
sales of traditional PCs yet, the figures showed. Some analysts say that
could happen in the next year or two.
IDC data showed a 3.4
percent drop in portable PC sales to 202 million and a 4.1 percent
decline in desktop PC sales to 148.4 million.
These were dwarfed by the 722 million smartphones sold last year, a figure which was previously released.
Smartphones and tablets are growing at a pace that PCs cannot keep up with, said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.
"The average selling price for a tablet declined 15 percent in 2012 to $461, and we expect that trend to continue in 2013."
IDC said smartphone prices averaged $408 and are generally replaced more often than other devices.
the overall market for connected devices, Samsung rose to the top
position with at least 20 percent of the market in each category, and an
overall market share of 20.8 percent, overtaking last year's leader
Apple held 18.2 percent of the market for 2012, up from
16.3 percent in 2011. The maker of the iPhone and iPad saw 44 percent
growth for the year but was unable to keep pace with South Korea's
Samsung, which more than doubled its sales.
The number three
company was China-based Lenovo with a 6.5 percent market share in all
devices, followed by US-based Hewlett-Packard (4.8 percent) and Dell
IDC said Apple fared better in the fourth quarter
than earlier in the year, and was boosted by its release of the iPhone 5
and iPad mini.
"The fourth quarter market share numbers showed a fairly dramatic resurgence for Apple," said IDC's Bob O'Donnell.
falling well behind Samsung early in 2012, Apple came roaring back in
final quarter of the year. The question moving forward will be whether
or not Apple can maintain its hit parade against the juggernaut of