The above DGraph represents the worldwide tablet shipments from Q2 2010 to the most recent quarter. In Q3 2018, the worldwide tablet market witnessed a massive 8.6% YoY decline, as the shipments fell to 36.4 million units.

However, there is a significant increase of 10.3% compared to the previous quarter, where 33 million units of tablets were shipped, globally.

Surprisingly, the third quarter of 2018 was the 16th consecutive quarter when the global tablet industry has witnessed the YoY decline in shipments.

Total 64.7 million units of tablets were shipped, globally, in the first half of 2018. That’s is almost 10 million less than the total tablets shipped during the same period a year ago. Overall, in 2017, 164 million units of tablets were shipped, globally.

The demand for tablets increases during the fourth quarter of the year. Surprisingly, it was Q4 2013, when tablet vendors shipped a record 78.6 million units, globally – highest in the history of the tablet market. However, it has slowly started declining and now come down to 49.6 million in Q4 2017.

Currently, Apple is dominating the global tablet market with a significant 26.6% share as of Q3 2018. 

It is important to note that has witnessed a whopping 175% QoQ growth in its tablet shipments in Q3 2018. The strong sales from Prime Day have helped the company to ship 4.4 million units, with a minimal 0.4% YoY decline. By overtaking Huawei and Lenovo, has become the third largest tablet manufacturer in the world.


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