As 5G network enhances internet speed and is more widely available in the country, the demand for 5G tablets is rising, and consumers seek faster and more reliable connectivity. A report said on Tuesday that India’s 5G tablet shipments grew 170% year-on-year (YoY), and Lenovo led the market with a 29 % market share in the full year 2022.
As more people work and learn remotely, the demand for portable devices such as tablets has increased, and 5G connectivity can make these devices even more valuable and versatile for users. The overall Indian tablet market registered a 6% YoY growth.
“Driven by a strong consumer appetite to future-proof themselves, and with 5G networks rolling out, the shipments of 5G tablets continued to gain strength through 2022,” said Menka Kumari, analyst-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR.
Lenovo, Apple (23% market share), and Samsung (22%) captured the top three spots in the tablet market.
Shipment of tablets with above 10-inch display constituted 63% of the overall shipments in the Indian market, according to the report.
Premium tablets (Rs 20,000 and above) grew 24% during 2022.
Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) (Wi-Fi+4G) and Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) (WiFi) series had a 21% and 12% market share, respectively.
Apple iPad shipments recorded 17% YoY growth in 2022.
Apple iPad 9 (Wi-Fi) and Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi) had a 45% and 17% market share, respectively.
Samsung shipments recorded 29% YoY owing to the launch of A8 series, S8 series and S6 series with aggressive features.
“With supply chain constraints easing out, and consumers spending more time on-the-go, tablets will continue to find favour. Enterprise tablet demand will continue to hold, especially in healthcare, education and manufacturing,” said Kumari.
5G technology improves connectivity and is particularly beneficial for tablets. It is often used for official purposes, media consumption, gaming, and other productivity applications that require a reliable and fast internet connection.
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