IDC: Global tablet market declines again in Q4 2015

The worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 with 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 per cent year-on-year, according to preliminary data from IDC. Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down 10.1 per cent from 230.1 million in the prior year. While pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of 21.1 per cent, shipments of detachable tablets have more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year. Apple retained its position as market leader, although in the fourth quarter the company faced a 24.8 per cent decline year-on-year to 16.1 million units. Amazon and Huawei were the two only vendors in the top five to record growth in the fourth quarter: Amazon tablet shipments increased by 175.7 per cent to 5.2 million units. Fifth-placed Huawei shipped 2.2 million units, up 124.2 per cent. Report