Although the global tablet market decline slowed in Q2, the downward spiral continued.
The tablet market woes continue as growth in detachable tablets shipment declined in in the fourth quarter of 2016, says IDC.
As the worldwide tablet market continues to weaken, analysts say cheaper tablets delivering a mediocre experience could be adding to the trend.
The decline is ascribed to consumers being increasingly reluctant to replace their existing devices.
Detachable tablets were the only bright spot in the total MEA tablet market, which fell almost 9% in Q4 2015.
The overall market will return to positive growth, driven by the growing demand for detachable devices, says IDC.
With the emergence of big 5.5-inch-plus screen phones, consumers may ditch tablets in favour of smartphones, says IDC.
The global tablet market is not returning to the levels of growth seen in the past four years, says Gartner.
Shipments dipped 2% in the last quarter, but the region is still the fastest growing market, the IDC says.
Tablet sales in the Middle East and Africa increased 184% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2013.
With a new tablet launched almost every month, are we fast approaching market saturation?
The launch weekend for the new tablet kicks off to a more subdued start than expected for Apple product launches.