5G Tablet Shipments Boom in India

Apple secured a second spot with a solid 21 per cent share, primarily due to the success of its iPad 10 and 9 Series….reports Asian Lite News

The shipments of 5G tablets in India have surged by an impressive 130 per cent (quarter-on-quarter) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2024, a new report showed on Tuesday.

According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the tablet market in the country has experienced an 8 per cent (quarter-on-quarter) growth in Q1.

“The rapid rollout of 5G infrastructure and the increasing availability of 5G-enabled tablets are fueling a consumer desire for future-proofing themselves with 5G tablets,” said Menka Kumari, Analyst, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR.

“This, combined with the presence of feature-rich tablets across price points is propelling tablets to become pivotal tools in consumers’ lives,” she added.

In Q1, Samsung reclaimed the top position with a 37 per cent market share, driven by a strong B2B deal and popular models like the Tab A7 Lite and Galaxy Tab A9 Plus.

Apple secured a second spot with a solid 21 per cent share, primarily due to the success of its iPad 10 and 9 Series.

Lenovo secured the third position with a 17 per cent market share, according to the report.

The premium tablet segment (Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000) experienced a remarkable 47 per cent (quarter-on-quarter) jump.

In addition, analysts forecast a steady 5 to 10 per cent growth for the tablet market in 2024, fueled by a wave of technological advancements.

“The potential debut of premium tablets with OLED displays will further fuel the growth momentum of the premium segment. We also anticipate that government and education initiatives following the General Elections might provide a significant boost to the market,” said Kumari.

Meanwhile, Apple on Tuesday refreshed its tablet line-up, with iPad Pro models housing new M4 chip and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

The iPad Pro comes in two variants — a 13-inch model and a super-portable 11-inch model, with a breakthrough Ultra Retina XDR display with OLED technology.

The 11-inch and 13-inch devices will be available in silver and space black finishes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations, the company said in a statement.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 99,900 for the Wi-Fi model, and Rs 119,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The 13-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 129,900 for the Wi-Fi model, and Rs 149,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, said the company.

“With the breakthrough Ultra Retina XDR display, the next-level performance of M4, incredible AI capabilities, and support for the all-new Apple Pencil Pro and Magic Keyboard, there’s no device like the new iPad Pro,” said John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering.

The new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil Pro and Magic Keyboard are available to order, with availability in stores beginning May 15.

The M4 chip features a new display engine to enable the precision, colour and brightness of the Ultra Retina XDR display.

The new CPU offers up to four performance cores and now six efficiency cores, with next-generation machine learning (ML) accelerators to deliver up to 1.5x faster CPU performance over M2 chip.

“Apple Pencil Pro brings powerful new interactions that take the pencil experience even further, and a new thinner, lighter Magic Keyboard is packed with incredible features,” the company informed.

The new iPad Pro offers 100 per cent recycled aluminium enclosures.

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