NEW DELHI: India’s tablet market grew by 14.7% on-year with shipments totaling 2.8 million units in 2020 after consecutively declining for four years, according to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, February 2021 release.
Further, the consumer segment grew 59.8% on-year but the commercial shipment declined 14.3% on-year as government projects were postponed to 2021.
The market which witnessed significant growth owing to e-learning demand was led by China’s Lenovo and grew by 6.6% on-year. Its consumer segment grew 153% on-year but the commercial segment declined 15.1% during the same period.
Interestingly the budget segment ($100iPad 10.2-inch.
Korea’s Samsung held a share of 32% in 2020 and topped the consumer segment with shipments growing by 157% over 2019.
Apple overtook iBall to emerge as the third-largest tablet player. Its shipments grew 13% on-year. Despite suffering from a supply crunch, it gained market share in the second half owing to new launches.
iBall dropped to the fourth spot as it saw a 69.9% decline in its shipments from the previous year.
Huawei ranked fifth for the full year of 2020 as shipments tripled from the previous year. The online traction with suitable price points helped the vendor for impressive growth.
9 foldable smartphones you need to know about
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Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung had launched its first foldable smartphone in February this year, and made the phone available in India October 1 in India Rs 1,64,999. The device comes with a 7.10-inch along with 7.30-inch Dynamic AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. It has a 12 GB RAM bundled with a 512 GB internal storage. The new foldable device has a 12.0 MP + 16.0 MP + 12.0 MP, triple camera setup on the back and a 10.0 MP + 8.0 MP double camera setup on the front. The device comes with a 4380mAh battery and supports fast charge. The device runs on Android Pie as mentioned by the company. The phone’s 5G version is already available in South Korea, which has commercially launched 5G services.
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Samsung W20 5G
Samsung, in November 2019, launched its W series of a foldable smartphone, W20 5G, currently available in China. The device is similar to global Fold variant in terms of screen size, but is powered the latest Qualcomm Xiaolong Snapdragon 855+ processor. It has a 12GB RAM bundled with a 512GB internal storage. The device comes with a 4235mAh battery.
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Motorola Razr 2019
Motorola, in November 2019, its first ever foldable phone at $1500. It comes with a 6.2-inch foldable pOLED primary display and a 2.7-inch gOLED secondary display. The device is powered by a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and has an internal storage capacity of 128 GB bundled with a 6 GB of RAM. The new device has a 2510mAh battery and a 15W TurboPower charger. The company also boasts about its 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera.
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Huawei Mate X
Huawei, in February 2019 launched its first foldable device Huawei Mate X with an 8.00-inch display. The device has a HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. The Huawei Mate X comes with a triple camera setup with a 40MP + 16MP + 8MP lens. The company provides a storage capacity of 512GB bundled with 8GB of RAM. It has a 4500mAh battery for longer usage. It was made available in China at $2400.
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In October 2018, Royole launched FlexPai with a 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor at around $1500. The device comes with a 7.8-inch flexible AMOLED foldable display, and will be available in 6GB and 8GB variants. The device has a 16 MP+20 MP, double camera setup. The device has a 3970mAh battery.
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Xiaomi Dual Flex or Mix Flex
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Xiaomi President Lin Bin in January 2019 posted a video of its prototype folding smartphone; He showcased the device by folding the device from both sides. The Chinese smartphone maker hasn’t shared any more information regarding the device’s specifications, pricing or launch date.
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Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft is taking a crack at the smartphone market again, this time with a dual-screen crossover (Android) device that closes like a book. Surface Duo is a new dual-screen device with two screens connected by a 360° hinge. The device is expected to launch around Holiday, 2020, as per Microsoft’s official website.
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Apple Foldable phone
Apple is said to be exploring the idea of a foldable phone, reported by those who’ve seen the company’s patents for a folding screen. But we may have to wait a while for the phone.