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Samsung’s Q4 2016 tablet shipments see double digit decline

The tablet market has been in a state of constant decline and the final quarter of last year was no different. Global tablet shipments fell 9 percent in Q4 2016 according to a report by Strategy Analytics. Apple and Samsung, the two largest tablet vendors on the market, both contributed to this decline as they saw their tablet shipments post a double digit decline.

Samsung shipped 9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 and thus accounted for 12.9 percent of the entire tablet market. The company shipped 8.1 million units during the same quarter last year and thus posted a 10 percent decline in shipments year-over-year. It accounted for 12.8 percent of the overall tablet market in the final quarter of last year. Apple saw an even bigger decline as it went from shipping 16.1 million units in Q4 2015 to 13.1 million units in Q4 2016, registering a 19 percent decline.

Besides these two, Amazon, Lenovo and Huawei all saw their shipments increase considerably in the previous quarter, ranging from 21 percent all the way up to 49 percent. Samsung will breathe new life into its tablet lineup this year by launching the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows 10-powered Galaxy TabPro S2 in the coming weeks.

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mrtaxi247
mrtaxi247

Samsung needs to get their act together to update their proudacts otherwise they will lose market share Apple updates at list 5years.

deserthemi
deserthemi

I was pro Samsung for years until they stopped providing OS upgrades and started in with the useless bloatware installations. IMO, I think they can take the tablet market but for some internal odd reason feel like they are just to big to care or fail. So, I’ve made the decision to move to another pure Android tablet (not Pixel) and maybe new phone! Just saying…

Acorns
Acorns

Same old same old tablets.. Not updated and then have a zero shelf life….
I really like my Nexus 7 and would hate to have to replace it with a bloated older Android OS as you get on these Samsung tablets.
They don’t inspire

MStuart
MStuart

Your Nexus 7 which is basically a big phone?

At least Samsung tries to adapt their UI to tablets…

Acorns
Acorns

At least it still had its last update and security usual security patch..Still going fine. But I like it’s size. So many cheap Samsung tablets all reduced in price over Christmas, no software updates… Same old, still waiting for January security update here on S6 and Samsung waits ages before OS updates

ninzombie2017
ninzombie2017

All the more reason for Samsung to get off their hind-quarters and get the nice features of Nougat out to their devices – their new UI takes the ‘same-old-same-old’ out of the ‘same-old-same-old’…

eSeM
eSeM

Is it a coincidence that the 2 manufacturer with the biggest decline sell 4:3 tablets?

I have bought a *lot* of Samsung tablets but none since the Tab S.

MStuart
MStuart

Causation vs correlation. Look it up.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

We’re in need of a tablet that acts more like a Computer with a TVs display. Samsung can easily do it but they haven’t yet. Not sure what the Tab S3 is like but from the rumours it isn’t looking to be like the tablet I’d upgrade for. Instead of making a tablet that matches the design of their phones, make one that matches their TVs and they’ll be onto something big in this boring tablet market.

billywongwashere
billywongwashere

Well if you don’t release new tablets yearly then it will drop

People are less likely to upgrade their tablets as they see it like a computer. I don’t update my laptop very often

Plus phone screen are getting bigger to make the tablet redundant

maccyb
maccyb

You make a very good point. I have my Android tablet for more than 2 years now and even my Windows 10 hybrid tablet for more than 3 years. People are less likely to change their tablets than their smartphone every year.