Tablet market decline by 6.7% in 3Q16
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According to figures published by International Data Corporation (IDC), 8.2 million tablets were shipped into Western Europe in 3Q16, for a 6.7% decline YoY. The main trends in the quarter were the ongoing expansion of detachables and the penetration of tablets in the commercial segment.
Detachables posted a solid 48.4% increase YoY, while the commercial segment grew 13.1% YoY. Detachable devices, especially those targeting the commercial segment, are normally positioned at higher price bands, due to the specification requirements in the space. As a result, the number of devices in the over-€600 price band in Western Europe grew 66.7% YoY, accounting for 10.6% of the total tablet market in 3Q16. The total value of the market grew 4.8% YoY to €2.5 billion, despite the overall market unit decrease.
"The increasing penetration of detachables, particularly in the commercial space, is sustaining tablet market value despite the contraction in volume," said Daniel Goncalves, research analyst, IDC Western European Personal Computing. "The offer available in the market continues to grow, along with enterprises' increasing interest in technologies that fit their mobile strategies. As a result detachables, particularly those with the performance and security to meet enterprise standards, are continuously gaining traction and this is boosting demand for premium devices." The share of detachables in Western Europe priced above €600 increased from 26.5% in 3Q15 to 52.2% in 3Q16, which highlights their contribution to overall tablet market value.
Detachables continue to increase their share in the overall tablet market, accounting for 21.9% of all tablet devices in 3Q16 compared with 13.8% in 3Q15. This category continues to be dominated by Apple and Microsoft, through their respective iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface series. Together they account for 46.4% of detachable volume.
In terms of OS, Windows made gains year over year due to the boost in detachable sales. Android increased its share QoQ to 65.9%, as many vendors started building their stock in September for Black Friday and holiday season promotions. iOS and Windows maintained their second and third positions in the ranking by OS with 21.9% and 12.2% respectively.
By vendor ranking, Apple maintained its leadership in Western Europe and remains well ahead of the competition in the consumer segment. On the commercial side, Apple benefits from a strong engagement in education. Samsung was second, just behind Apple. Samsung has been gradually reducing its entry-level offer, which resulted in some loss of market share. Lenovo was third, leveraging its wide portfolio in both slates and detachables to avoid a YoY decline. Acer and Amazon were fourth and fifth respectively, boosted by seasonality. Amazon has boosted sales in the entry-level segment with its aggressive Kindle pricing.
Western Europe Tablets: Vendor Trends 3Q16 (Calendar Year) (000 Units)
Unit Shipments 3Q15
Unit Shipments 3Q16
Unit % Share 3Q15
Unit % Share 3Q16
Unit Growth 3Q15 vs 3Q16
Source: IDC, 2016