The global market for tablet computers surged 78.4 per cent last year, with 128 million of the devices shipped, a survey shows.
Research firm IDC said tablets made up 10.7 per cent of the global market last year for ‘smart connected devices’, which include smartphones, and portable and desktop PCs.
Overall, the market for these devices grew 29 per cent to 1.2 billion, according to IDC, with growth in tablets and smartphones – which saw a 46 per cent rise – offsetting declines in PC sales.
Although tablet sales sizzled, they have not yet eclipsed sales of traditional PCs yet, the figures showed. Some analysts say that could happen in the next year or two.
IDC data showed a 3.4 per cent drop in portable PC sales to 202 million and a 4.1 per cent decline in desktop PC sales to 148.4 million.
These were dwarfed by the 722 million smartphones sold last year, a figure which was previously released.
Smartphones and tablets are growing at a pace that PCs cannot keep up with, said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.
In the overall market for connected devices, Samsung rose to the top position with at least 20 per cent of the market in each category, and an overall market share of 20.8 per cent, overtaking last year’s leader, Apple.
Apple held 18.2 per cent of the market for 2012, up from 16.3 per cent in 2011. The maker of the iPhone and iPad saw 44 per cent growth for the year but was unable to keep pace with South Korea’s Samsung, which more than doubled its sales.
The No.3 company was China-based Lenovo with a 6.5 per cent market share in all devices, followed by US-based Hewlett-Packard (4.8 per cent) and Dell (3.2 per cent).