Taken a few years ago as the future of mobile technology, tablets have become less and less space due to its portability and the fact that smartphones have larger and more content-consuming displays. And the future, with folding screens, can take even more market from tablets.
However, in one market, in particular, tablets are still relevant: India. There, the market reveals a different trend from the rest of the globe. A recent report citing analyst Menka Kumari shows that the country’s 4G tablet market grew 62% in the first quarter of this year, although overall the decline was 11% over the same period in 2018.
Samsung is a leading tablet supplier in India, with Lenovo leading the local market. Although the analysis does not show the exact numbers of sales by manufacturers, it shows that combined tablet shipments priced between $ 145 and $ 291 (approximately between $ 500 and $ 1000, indirect conversion), increased by 28% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period of 2018. The Chinese company with 90% of the 4G tablet market in India, which is still a giant challenge for Samsung.
In the technology market, tablets are pressed by two variants: cellphones with increasing displays and increasingly compact, thin and touch-sensitive notebooks. And in months we will see another player making life even more difficult for tablets: folding smartphones.
Samsung, however, did not abandon the segment. She recently launched the Galaxy Tab A (2019) in the economic segment and, as we have recently reported, the Galaxy Tab S6 is on the way.
The most economical model has already appeared on Samsung’s official website in India on the support page, which indicates, with some error, that the device should arrive soon in the local market and since 4G support is likely to help improve the numbers of the South Korean giant in the country.
It is still uncertain what the future of tablets will be, even because even the foldable ones are not yet a reality and face a number of obstacles until they reach the shelves.