The number of shipped tablets has fallen sharply in recent years, but seems to be catching up. In the second quarter of 2020, 26.1 percent more tablets were shipped than in 2019, according to an analysis by market researcher Canalys.
In total, more than 37.5 million tablets were shipped in the second quarter of 2020. This was 29.7 million a year earlier.
According to the market researcher, the coronavirus has played a role in the upturn in the tablet market. As a result, there was greater demand in the past quarter from consumers and companies looking for larger screens to make working and studying at a distance easier. Tablets are often more affordable than, for example, laptops or desktop computers. Suppliers managed to increase production and meet this renewed demand.
Apple is the largest player in the tablet market, controlling 38 percent of the market in the past quarter. Apple is followed by Samsung (18.7 percent), Huawei (12.7 percent), Amazon (8.4 percent) and Lenovo (7.5 percent).
In percentage terms, Lenovo is the biggest riser of the past quarter. The tablet maker shipped almost 53 percent more tablets than in the second quarter of 2019.
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