According to Cyber Media Research’s (CMR) India Quarterly Tablet PC Market Review,3Q (July-September) 2013,December 2013,about 1,204,410 Tablets were sold in the quarter by as many as 43 domestic and international vendors. However,only thirteen vendors shipped in significant volumes of more than 20,000 units during the period. The overall growth in shipments of tablets in the India market registered a 9.0% year-on-year (3Q CY 2013 over 3Q CY 2012) growth,but a more modest 4.7% quarter-on-quarter (3Q CY 2013 over 2Q CY 2013) increase due to limited offerings from vendors battling BIS certification guidelines.
Dwelling on individual vendor performances,Tarun Pathak,Analyst,CMR Telecoms Practice said,While Samsung leads,Lenovo has figured for the first time amongst the Top 3 India Tablet PC vendors,while Datawind continues to maintain its position in this exclusive club.
However,we saw quite a few vendors exiting the Tablet category altogether,or launching their offerings in the Enterprise Tablets space. Key reasons for this are low profitability in the entry-level Tablets market vis-à-vis a more promising future for growth of the Enterprise Tablets market, he said.
The market is expected to pick up towards the end of the year,once Tablet PC vendors are through with their BIS certifications. This is also expected to lead to some market consolidation. Only serious players with a long term vision are likely to remain committed to this category of devices. As far as technological trends are concerned,the 3G Tablets market will continue to grow and Android will remain the dominant OS,though it is expected to lose some share to the Windows and iOS platforms,once Windows 8.1 OS-based Tablet devices,the Apple iPad Air and Apple iPad Mini 2 launch in India during the October-December 2013 quarter, Pathak concluded.
Faisal Kawoosa,Lead Analyst,CMR Telecoms Practice stated,It is becoming interesting to watch this space as the market grows and matures. Like the consumer segment,Android OS-based Tablets dominate the India Enterprise Tablet PC space as well. But with more vendors committing to Windows OS-based Tablets,the interest levels amongst customers are showing increasing trend. In a couple of quarters we expect Windows OS-based Tablets gaining significant traction within the India Enterprise segment.
There is no clear leading industry vertical where the adoption has been distinctly higher than others. But going forward,BFSI,Pharmaceuticals and Retail are a few segments that are expected to take the lead. Some interesting developments are taking place in these sectors on the Tablet PC as a platform. However,solutions-oriented ODMs are most likely to rule the roost, Kawoosa cautioned.