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Global tablet shipments to fall 10.5% in 2021, says Digitimes Research
Summer Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Global tablet shipments are expected to slip every year in the next five years (2021-2025) after registering flat growth in 2020, with demand to mainly come from the education and high-end enterprise segments, according to Digitimes Research's latest five-year forecast for the tablet industry.

Worldwide tablet shipments are forecast to decline 10.5% in 2021, but overall shipments are expected to stay firmly above 120 million units annually during the five-year period.

The US trade sanctions against Huawei will affect the tablet landsacpe in 2021. Apple and Lenovo will have a good chance of cannibalizing Huawei if the Chinese vendor is pevented from rolling out new devices by failure to obtain key components.

Amazon is also expected to see shipments decline in the next five years, as it has focused on small-size tablets and large-size models have grown to become the mainstream particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

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