Tablets are still in vogue in India, suggests report
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The availability of truly big-screen smartphones has made working on them a lot easier and ruled out the need for a separate tablet. Yet the tablets are not going away anywhere soon. According to the latest International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Personal Computing Device Tracker, about 7,22,000 tablets were shipped in India in Q2 2017. This indicates a growth rate of 2.9% from the previous quarter.
Lenovo has lost its market share in the smartphone segment, but it is still a force to reckon with in the tablet space. It is the number one tablet brand in India and has a market share of 21.8%. Its shipment grew by 12.6% during the period. Samsung holds the second position with a market share of 20%. Canadian company Datawind, which shot to fame with entry-level Aakash tablets, has slipped to the third position after its shipments declined by 9.4% in the last quarter. The company has a market share of 18%. Indian company iBall also witnessed a decline (9%) in shipments but still controls 15.2% of the market share.
Cupertino giant Apple registered a healthy growth of 49% over the last quarter and is the fifth biggest tablet company in Indian right now. The IDC report points out that growth in the tablet segment is largely driven by demand in government projects, education sector and enterprises.
The report also suggests that tablet shipments in the consumer segment declined by 13.8% in Q2 2017 and the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) was the main reason for it. “Uncertainty about the levy of the new tax structure restricted the stocking of inventory and in turn leading to limited sell-in of tablets in the country,” said Celso Gomes, associate market analyst, Client Devices, IDC India. “Shipments of the consumer segment is expected to be better in the second half of the year recovering from two quarters of consecutive decline as the market prepares for upcoming festival season,” said Jaipal Singh , senior market analyst, IDC India.
If you are looking for a tablet, we would recommend the bigger ones as they offer more legroom for work, gaming as well as reading. Here are some big-screen tablets you can buy.
Apple iPad Pro 10.5
If you are looking for a tablet that could help you more at work, you can go for the iPad Pro. It offers a slightly bigger 10.5-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,224x1,668p, which is brighter than last year’s iPad Pro and also supports the P3 wider colour gamut. It also supports 120Hz motion frame rates, which is a rarity in tablets. Driving the iPad Pro is Apple’s A10X Fusion chip, which is 30% faster than the predecessors. What sets the iPad Pro apart from other iPads is compatibility with productivity-oriented Apple accessories such as Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. At 6.1mm, it is also thinner than the iPad 2017, which weighs 477g. It weighs 434g.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
In the Android segment, Samsung Galaxy Tabs 3 is the most powerful tablet you can buy right now. It comes with a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,048x1,536p and runs Android 7.0. Unlike Samsung’s high-end smartphones selling in India, the tablet uses a Qualcomm chipset. Samsung has used Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and has paired it with 4GB RAM.
Internal storage is 32GB but one can expand it to up to 256GB via a microSD card. It also comes with Samsung’s S-Pen which can be used for taking notes and drawing on the tablet.
Apple iPad 2017
The successor to iPad Air 2 is called the iPad 2017. It comes with 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536p. It has the trademark aluminium finish seen in all iPads. It is 7.5mm thick and weighs 469g. The innards include the powerful Apple A9 chip and the PowerVR GT7600 graphics, which make it faster and better at gaming than the predecessors. It runs on iOS 10.3.3 and can deliver battery backup of over 10 hours with ease.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus
If you are looking for a Windows 10 tablet with a big screen, there is Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and a 9,300mAH battery and offers a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2,560x1,600p. It offers 32GB internal storage and can accommodate microSD cards up to 128GB. It weighs 637g and comes with a flexible metal stand to keep the screen propped up while typing or watching a movie. For better audio output, Lenovo uses four JBL speakers.
Micromax Canvas Plex Tab
If you want a more affordable Android tablet, Micromax’s new Canvas Plex Tab has plenty to offer. It offers an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,024x600p and is powered by a MediaTek MT8382 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM and 4,000mAh battery. It has 32GB storage and accepts microSD cards of up to 128GB which is ample for storing movies. The tablet’s unique selling point is the one-year free access to premium content from Eros Now, a popular movie streaming platform known for its huge repertoire of Indian content.