Sales of Android tablets could be down nearly 50% this quarter verses the previous one, while Apple iPad sales will be up 5%, according to analysts working for DigiTimes.
The holiday shopping season brought strong tablets sales. Q4 was especially good for the iPad’s competitors, to the point where sales of Android and Windows tablets outnumbered Apple’s sales — 22.1 million vs. 21 million.
But the analysts at DigiTimes say this quarter is going to be quite different. With the holidays behind us, they are predicting that combined sales of Android and Windows tablets are only going to reach 11.8 million, while iPad sales will grow slightly to 22 million. They credit this to strong demand for the new iPad mini.
Obviously, Apple will remain the largest tablet maker in the first quarter, following by Samsung, Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Microsoft.
The analysts say that total tablet sales in Q1 are going to be up 75.8% year-on-year.