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iPads and low-end rivals propel higher tablet shipments

Published on May 2, 2013 6:00 AM
 
Fourth generation Apple iPads are seen on display at an Apple store on Feb 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Global tablet shipments more than doubled in the first quarter and while Apple remained the top seller, Asian manufacturers making low-end gadgets accounted for a major chunk of the growth, according to a report. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Global tablet shipments more than doubled in the first quarter and while Apple remained the top seller, Asian manufacturers making low-end gadgets accounted for a major chunk of the growth, according to a report.

Tablet shipments reached 49.2 million units in the January-to-March period, 142.4 per cent more than in the same quarter in 2012, market research firm IDC said on Wednesday.

Apple's iPads accounted for 19.5 million units, an increase of 65.3 per cent.

Samsung Electronics, Asus, Amazon Inc and Microsoft all grew their tablet shipments and eked out market share gains against Apple.

 
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