That’s according to a report from IDC, which said cellular tablets and 2-in-1 devices are showing strong growth in some regions.
Jean Philippe Bouchard, an IDC research director, said: “Cellular connected devices fill multiple needs for vendors and carries around they world. They offer a quick solution to price and margin erosion, and when compared to smartphones they offer a less expensive way for carriers to increase their subscriber base.”
Bouchard said that these type of devices currently only represent a small part of the whole market but will grow this year and beyond, compared to wi-fi only devices.
The rise of smartphones with larger screens – so called “phablets” – are having an impact on the market because people think that they won’t need a tablet because a phone with a bigger screen fits the bill.
IDC released a chart showing tablet and 2-in-1 share by operating system, which shows a decline in the Android operating system and a gain in the Windows operating system.