Indian Tablet Market Posts 8.2% Growth in 2015

Indian-Tablet-Market-Posts-8.2%-Growth-In-2015Indian tablet market posted a growth of 8.2 percent to reach 3.8 million units in 2015 according to IDC.

The overall tablet market in India declined by 18.7 percentage in Q4 2015 over Q3 2015. 0.86 million units of tablets were shipped in Q4 2015, down 10.1 percentage over the same period last year. However, with each of previous two quarters clocking over a million units of shipments, total tablet market for 2015 managed to post a growth of 8.2 percentage at 3.8 million units, recovering from a sharp dip in 2014.

Detachables began to ramp up gradually in 2015, especially Q2 2015 onwards. Detachable shipments spiked sharply although it was in comparison to smaller volumes in 2014. 2015 Q4 was also the first quarter to have detachables from all three major OS platforms.

“Majority of detachables shipped in 2015 were in $200-$300 price band, primarily driven by local vendors such as Micromax and iBall. On the premium end, Samsung currently dominates but competition is likely to get intense with Apple entering the market with iPad pro and Microsoft Surface Pro joining the league in 2016 Q1” says, Karthik J, senior market analyst, IDC India.

Both Windows and Intel have gained share in 2015 mainly through local vendors in addition to Acer and Lenovo. Windows based tablet shipment more than tripled in 2015 over last year while Intel clocked a healthy 49.3 percentage annual growth.

Larger screen slate tablets gaining share as 7-inch tablets continue to face pressure from phablets (large screen smartphone). 2015 shipment of 8”-9.9” screen tablet grew annually at 39.2 percentage accounting for 15.9 percentage of overall slate tablet volume.

Datawind’s steady ramp in 2015 led them to the top spot in Q4 2015 with 20.7 percentage vendor share. With continued focus on entry level i.e. sub $100 tablet segment, shipments almost doubled year-on-year in 2015 Q4. Cost benefits through local manufacturing, free internet bundled tablets, higher online presence in Q4 2015 were few key factors which worked in favor of the vendor.

Samsung took the second place in Q4 2015 with 15.8 percentage share, as shipments dip by 8.7 percentage sequentially against Q3 2015. Samsung is seen as the only vendor dominating in the premium end of the category with Android based detachables i.e. Galaxy Tab S2.

Micromax shipments dip sequentially by 24.1 percentage in Q4 2015 with market share of 15.5 percentage. The vendor’s shipments more than doubled over the same period last year in Q4. Micromax played a pivotal role in driving detachables’ shipments in the year 2015 as it accounted for more than 1/3rd of the category’s overall volume.

Lenovo shipments grew 5.7 percentage over previous quarter in Q4 2015 to register its highest ever vendor share of 13.8 percentage in India. Being the only PC vendor in top 5, commercial segment is the key driver for Lenovo’s healthy 57.6 percentage annual growth in 2015.

iBall managed to stay in Top 5 despite of sharp sequential dip of 45.2 percentage in shipments in Q4 2015. In the growing detachable category, iBall saw flattish performance throughout 2015 accounting for 12.5 percentage of shipments.

2016 is expected to witness a marginal growth as consumer demand for tablets hits saturation. However, IDC expects commercial segment to witness healthy double digit growth this year.

“Detachable tablet category is anticipated to ramp further as vendors strive to capitalize on the growth momentum by offering products at affordable prices. However, the migration from slate to detachable tablets in India would only be gradual,” adds Karthik.

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