Global Tablet shipments are expected to buck the current downward trend to reach a projected 161 million units by 2022, supported by emerging trends in the commercialization of laplets and detachable tablets and their potential to counter immediate challenges posed by competitive substitution by phablets, longer replacement cycles, less frequent software patching and lack of tablet hardware upgrades. Detachable tablets are poised to generate positive growth in shipments starting 2018 supported by their three important attributes of mobility, content creation and productivity. Other factors benefiting market prospects for tablets post 2018 include eLearning adoption via tablets; substitution of large traditional POS systems by tablet POS systems; increasing adoption of tablets for military use; innovative apps that are transforming computing experience for tablet users; and the expected proliferation of professional tablets with detachable keyboards in the enterprise sector. Europe represents the largest market worldwide. Growing consumer preference for branded, well-designed tablets incorporating innovative features and technologies in addition to a robust OS platform is expected to drive positive growth for the market in the coming years.
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