Slate tablets account for 87.6 percent of all shipments. The size of detachables was more than 4.9 million units.
“With the PC industry in decline, the detachable market stands to benefit as consumers and enterprises seek to replace their aging PCs with detachables. Apple’s recent foray into this segment has garnered them an impressive lead in the short term,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers.
iPad’s future will be largely relegated to replacements – of older iPads or PCs — rather than net new additions. The latest iPad Pro 9.7″ and more enterprise friendly storage options for the slightly older iPad Pro 12.9″ are healthy additions to the iPad lineup. The price drop on the iPad Air 2 should help sway those who were previously undecided to upgrade their older iPad 2s.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup is one of the last remaining “premium” Android tablets. The launch of the detachable TabPro S has been somewhat tepid due to the high price point.
While Lenovo has introduced some detachables and increased its Windows 10 portfolio, there are still gaps in its lineup in terms of performance and price points. Those gaps will be filled, allowing Lenovo to benefit from detachable growth.
Huawei’s introduction of its first detachable, the MateBook, will help it build momentum in the next quarter of 2016.
According to Strategy Analytics, tablet shipments fell 10 percent to 46.5 million units. Huawei is now part of the top five tablet vendors globally with 66 percent.