Tablet Sales in India Soars to New High in CY 2013, According to IDC

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker data for CY 2013, the overall India Tablet shipments for CY 2013 stood at 4.14 million units representing a year-on-year growth of 56.4% over CY 2012. While 1H 2013 witnessed substantial growth in Tablet volumes driven largely by low-end devices, the market observed contraction in the second half of 2013. Despite a strong festive season demand, spending on tablets slowed down in 2H 2013 as the consumer adoption approached early stages of maturity on this category of devices.

A deep dive into the screen size trends highlights that there has been a growing acceptance for tablets with screen size of 8 < 9 inch. “The popularity of phablets has in fact crossed over the demand for 7 inch tablets. For a price conscious market like India, it is about owning a combination device, meeting the needs with one device instead of two. Also, the return rates on low cost 7 inch tablets have been unexplainably large. First time users latching onto such devices are now looking to move to products that offer better experience in terms of life span and quality” said, Karan Thakkar, Senior Market Analyst with IDC.  Top Vendor Highlights: Samsung: With 18.7% market share, Samsung outperformed its competitors with strong presence in 7 < 8 inch screen size. Despite a dominating presence, the vendor has scaled down its volumes owing to changing market dynamics. Micromax: With 8.9% market share, Micromax retained its rank, primarily due to their value for money proposition and concerted marketing efforts Apple: With 7.5% market share, Apple has shown significant growth in 7 < 8 inch screen size despite its niche positioning. iPad Mini was noted to be well accepted by the market, supported by instalment payments for consumers.    IDC Forecast IDC anticipates the overall Tablet market to remain flat in CY 2014. “The Government mandate on BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) Certification mixed with the growing popularity of phablets is likely to obstruct the growth in the tablet category”, said Kiran Kumar, Research Manager with IDC. However, there has been an uptake in the adoption of tablets amongst commercial users. These are primarily meeting relevant needs in industries such as financial services, healthcare, media and education, amongst others. “Activities such as interactive digital presentations, collecting KYC (Know your Customer) documents, and point-of-sale transactions are typical use cases”, added Karan Thakkar.