It may not be very much related to Nokia as of now, but very soon it will be when Nokia releases a 10.1 inch Tablet and a 6-inch Phablet going ahead. So, many were hoping or wishing Nokia to release a 7-inch Tablet first, which according to them may have provided a better start to Nokia’s Tablet plans. But, if latest IDC report has to be believed then it seems, Phablets are already affecting the sales growth of Tablets. So, did Nokia already identify this trend and planned to target both small-size Tablet and big-size Phablet markets with that 6-inch Phablet.
The company now expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 227.4 million units in 2013, down from a previous forecast of 229.3 million but still 57.7% above 2012 shipments. Despite the slight reduction for this year, the market will continue to grow at a rapid pace and by 2017 IDC expects worldwide shipments to be nearly 407 million units. The company also adjusted its regional outlook, with maturing markets such as the U.S. now expected to cede share more rapidly to emerging markets such as Asia/Pacific.