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Global tablet market – 4Q 2017
Summer Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei
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Based on Digitimes Research's statistics, tablet shipments worldwide totaled 45.96 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017. The better-than-expected performance was driven by strong consumer spending in the high season, which benefited tablet brands and white-box vendors with sequential shipment growth.
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This Digitimes Research Special Report offers global shipment forecasts for three major mobile device market segments - smartphones, notebooks and tablets - for the year 2019 and beyond. It gives in-depth analyses of their respective market outlooks, with shipment forecasts extending to 2023.