ABI Research: PC brands develop survival tactics to cope with declining tablets market

ABI Research said the downward trends in tablet shipments, with Apple and Samsung shipments falling from 62 per cent to 54 per cent year-on-year as the market shrinks, are forcing PC brands to develop new survival tactics for their product portfolios. While Amazon and Huawei will focus on tablets despite the dwindling figures, not all vendors share this mentality, the research company noted. Dell and HP, for instance, made the decision to shy away from the tablet market and will instead concentrate on providing 2-in-1 systems based on Windows. Xiaomi also plans to follow in Huawei and Lenovo's footsteps, recently announcing a tie-up with Microsoft to ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi's Android smartphones and tablets. Report