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Tablet sales to hit 126 million this year: Survey

Published on Sep 18, 2012 7:00 AM
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IHS said 59 per cent of all tablets will be in the larger form where the iPad "is the uncontested leader." Growth in this segment is forecast to rise 35 per cent from 55.2 million units in 2011. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Global sales of tablet computers are expected to surge to 126.6 million in 2012, driven by the iPad and rivals with a smaller format, a market research firm said on Monday.

The survey by IHS iSuppli predicted a robust 56 per cent annual increase in shipments for the tablet market in 2012, from 82.1 million units in 2011.

"Media tablets increasingly are becoming the biggest growth driver in the market for the small and medium display market," said IHS analyst Vinita Jakhanwal.

"While the nine-inch segment dominated by the iPad will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year, the fastest-growing portion of the market will the 7.x-inch screens used in products like the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, and other tablet products using the Google Android operating system."

 
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