Impacted by the pandemic, the tablet market reached shipment levels not seen since the fourth quarter of 2017 when the total was 49.9 million.
While the recent surge in PC and tablet demand still has some legs, research firm IDC said it expects the market to decline in 2021 as businesses and consumers continue to deal with the economy uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.
With Covid-related lockdowns continuing to restrict many activities, consumers turned to tablets for entertainment, business, and e-learning.
For the full year 2019, the tablet market shrank 1.5% year-over-year as global shipments totaled 144 million units.
The worldwide tablet market returned to growth in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) with 37.6 million units shipped globally for a year-over-year increase of 1.9%, according to research firm IDC.
Global shipments fell to 32.2 million units, according to preliminary data from analyst firm IDC.
The worldwide tablet market declined 13.5% during the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) as global shipments fell to 33 million, according to research firm IDC.
Taiwanese tech firm Acer said it has secured the top spot in three categories in the Philippines, ranking first in total unit shipments of personal computers, portable personal computers, and projectors.