Worldwide shipments of business tablets are expected to ramp at a 6 percent compound annual growth rate over the next several years to hit 110.2 million units in 2020, according to a new forecast from Strategy Analytics.
“While the tablet market overall has become somewhat saturated resulting in slowed growth, business tablet shipments are expected to be a bright spot,” said Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies Senior Analyst Gina Luk. “Partnerships forged by vendors such as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and HP demonstrate how these players see the tablet potential in the Enterprise.”
According to Strategy Analytics, worldwide shipments of business tablets reached 26.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015. The figure represented a nearly 37 percent increase sequentially, thanks in part to seasonality, the firm said.
Overall, though, the business tablet market in 2015 dipped 7 percent year-over-year from 2014 as personal liable tablet shipments slowed.
Though overall business tablet growth is expected, the particular trend toward corporate liable tablet shipments instead of personal liable devices is expected to continue as tablet prices drop, security concerns are addressed, and businesses shift to 2-in-1 tablets from traditional PCs, Strategy Analytics said.
In a report released last week, the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast a nearly six percent dip in year-over-year overall tablet shipments for 2016, but said the figures will rebound in the years to come thanks to demand for detachable devices.
According to the IDC, detachables will drive the tablet market back into single digit growth as detachable shipments rise from 16.6 million units in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020.