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Global tablet computer shipments could fall 10% in Q2 annually

Global tablet computer shipments could fall 10% in Q2 annually

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Worldwide shipments of tablet computers for the second quarter of this year are expected to fall about 10 percent from a year earlier in reflection of weakness in global demand, according to Taipei-based Digitimes Research. In a research note, the firm said that global tablet shipments for the second quarter could drop to 49.3 million units, down from 54.9 million units recorded over the same period of last year. The second-quarter figure is likely to rise only 0.2 percent from the first quarter, Digitimes Research said. Taiwanese suppliers cannot escape the downturn of the global tablet market and shipments from Taiwan for the April-June period are likely to fall to a new low of 14.52 million units. While Taiwanese tablet brands could suffer weaker global demand, local contract manufacturers are likely to face downward shipment pressure in the current quarter, Digitimes Research said. Foxconn Technology Group (???), which assembles iPads for Apple Inc., in particular, is expected to see its shipments falling more significantly due to a possible fall in demand for iPads, the research firm said. According to Digitimes Research, iPad shipments for the second quarter are likely to fall 30 percent from a year earlier to 9.8 million units due to the slow-season effect. The anticipated fall in iPad shipments also reflects a trend in which many consumers have been shifting their attention to the Apple Watch, which hit store shelves in April, and turning their backs on Apple tablets, Digitimes Research said. In the non-Apple camp, international tablet brands are expected to see their shipments reach 19.11 million units in the second quarter, little changed from a quarter earlier, but up slightly from a year earlier as Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea aims to boost its shipments in the second quarter, the research firm said. Lenovo Group (??) of China is expected to ship more tablets in the second quarter since the brand has unveiled budget models equipped with chips designed by Taiwan's MediaTek Inc. (???), Digitimes Research said. Shipments of unbranded suppliers for the second quarter could reach 20.40 million units, up 13.3 percent from the first quarter but down about 10 percent from a year earlier, the research firm said. (By Esme Jiang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 02:03 GMT+08:00