IDC Lowers Tablet Projections for 2014 as Phablet Shipments and Slower Refresh Rates Impact Shipment Growth

  IDC Lowers Tablet Projections for 2014 as Phablet Shipments and Slower
  Refresh Rates Impact Shipment Growth

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SAN MATEO, Calif. -- May 29, 2014

Based on a greater decline in demand than predicted in the first quarter and
concerns that tablets and 2-in-1s will face additional market challenges the
rest of the year, International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its 2014
worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units, down from the
previous forecast of 260.9 million units. The new forecast represents a 12.1%
year-over-year growth rate, which is notably lower than the 51.8%
year-over-year growth of 2013.

"Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers
are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors,
far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they
are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,"
said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. "Second,
the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are
causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens on
these phones are often adequate for tasks once reserved for tablets."

In the past year alone, the phablet share of smartphone shipments has more
than doubled, from 4.3% in the first quarter of 2013 to 10.5% in the first
quarter of this year, representing 30.1 million units shipped. As large phones
clearly impact near-term tablet growth, IDC expects the market to rebound by
shifting its focus back toward larger-screened devices. Products with larger
screens--like Microsoft's new 2-in-1, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3— are expected
to play a greater role in the market going forward.

"The shift back toward larger screens will mark a welcome sea change for most
vendors as the average selling price for these devices will remain roughly 50
percent higher than the average sub-8-inch device," said Jitesh Ubrani,
Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Microsoft is also
expected to benefit from this shift as the share for Windows-based devices is
expected to double between now and 2018."

Total Tablet Market Forecast, 2013 – 2018

                Screen Size Band
Year             7 < 8    8 < 11    11+
2013 Actual      55.0%    44.1%     0.9%
2014 Forecast    50.8%    47.3%     1.9%
2018 Forecast    44.5%    48.9%     6.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, May 29, 2014

Note: Total tablet market includes tablets plus 2-in-1s. "Phablet" is defined
as a smartphone with screen size of 5.5 to 7 inches.

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic showing worldwide OS
share for tablets and 2-in-1's over the 2013-2018 forecast period is available
here. Instructions on how to embed this graphic into online news articles and
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Tom Mainelli, 650-350-6455
Jitesh Ubrani, 416-673-2214
Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
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