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Tablets gain more ground on PCs: Survey

Published on Feb 7, 2013 6:08 AM
(FILES)Customers try out the newly launched 7-inch sized tablet "iPad mini" at an Apple store in Tokyo in this November 2, 2012 photo. Worldwide tablet sales jumped in the fourth quarter beyond even some of the most optimistic forecasts to 52.5 million, with Android-powered devices pacing growth, a survey showed on January 31, 2013. The preliminary survey by business research firm IDC showed the tablet market grew 75.3 percent year over year in the quarter. and rocketed 74.3 percent from the previous quarter's total of 30.1 million. IDC said the strongest growth came from Android, including tablets made by South Korea's Samsung and Taiwan's Asus, which makes a Google-branded Nexus tablet. Apple remained the biggest seller, but its market share was under 50 percent, IDC said. -- PHOTOL AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One-third of computers sold worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 was a tablet, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The research firm Canalys said that with PCs and tablets combined, the market grew 12 per cent year-on-year in the last three months to reach 134 million units.

With its iPads and other computers, Apple led the market with 27 million units, and a 20 per cent market share.

That compared with 15 million for second-place Hewlett-Packard, which was just 200,000 units ahead of China-based Lenovo. Each had a share of 11 per cent.

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