The growing tablet market in India touched 1.1 million unit shipments in the third quarter of last year ((July-September) 2012), reports CyberMedia Research. Aided by cheap Android tablets shipments from homegrown manufacturers, the tablet shipments are expected to cross 3 million in year 2012 and six million in 2013.
As expected, Android remains the operating system of choice among consumers. Of the total 1.1 million shipped tablets, Android was present on 91.3pc. In terms of manufacturers, Samsung topped the list with 23.9pc of the shipment share followed by Micromax with 15.3pc.
One of the biggest surprises in Cybermedia Research report is the presence of Ubislate maker Datawind at the third spot. We all know that despite getting huge number of pre-orders, Datawind is yet to fulfil a huge chunk of them, so unless CMR counted pre-orders as shipped units, the 12.3pc share hardly makes any sense.
Coming back to the detail findings of the report:
- 7-inch tablets were most popular during this period with 77.9pc share
- 62.8pc of shipped tablet were powered by 1GHz processor and 63.2pc of them had Wi-Fi connectivity
“A majority of the Tablets currently on offer have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with 3G access enabled through a USB dongle. However, going forward, increased penetration of 3G networks, declining ASVs of 3G-enabled Media Tablets and launch of BWA (4G / WiMax / LTE) services in the country is likely to see a rise in 3G-only Tablet devices with larger screen sizes. This trend is expected to give a fillip to new types of data services and content being demanded and consumed by subscribers, which in turn will drive a further increase in adoption of Media Tablets in India.”
– Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice