In 2013, more and more people started choosing tablets as the main mobile computing devices.
First, the global tablet market will continue to grow, with global sales of tablet computers rising sharply in 2013, to more than 200 million units. Gartner predicts that tablet shipments will surge 67.9 percent globally in 2013 to 202 million units. IDC expects tablet shipments to reach 229 million units this year, up 58.7 percent from last year. Global tablet sales will continue to rise in the next few years, with more than 400 million in 2017. Global tablet sales will rise 64% to 240 million units in 2013.
Of the nearly 60 million tablets shipped by Chinese manufacturers in 2012, white tablets accounted for about 90 percent of the total, and 80 percent of them were exported, mainly in Europe, the Middle East, southeast Asia and South America. But most of what consumers see in the domestic tablet market is homegrown tablets with their own brands.
The tablet market has been dominated by apple's 9.7 iPad, but in 2013 a series of smaller tablets will take over. The 7-8 tablet is expected to account for 45 per cent of the market, with 108m units shipped, while 9.7 "has a market share of 17 per cent and shipments of about 41 million units.
Market originally to apple's first generation of the 9.7 inch screen as the center, has been to the 7 inch Android tablet to attract the consumers, apple released in the fourth quarter of last year 7 inches of the Mini, IDC estimates this year 8 inches below the tablet shipments will account for 55% of all tablet, 8 to 11 "accounted for 43%, and 2% belong to 11 inches tablet. By 2017, the number of tablets under 8 inches will continue to grow to 57 percent.
On March 7, 2014, IDC estimated that global tablet sales would decline 32.2 percent year on year, as users in developed countries see no need to upgrade the high-end tablets they are currently using.