Windows-based devices predicted to dominate detachable tablet market
Microsoft popularized the detachable tablet device with its first Surface product in 2012, which connected a touchscreen tablet with a hardware keyboard or cover. Now the research firm IDC predicts that Windows-based tablets will dominate this growing market in the next few years.
IDC's numbers state that overall tablet shipments will see a 5.9% drop in 2016 compared to 2015. However, it predicts that tablet shipments will go back up again in the next few years, fueled by the growing use of detachable tablets, which it says will go up from 16.6 million shipments in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020. Moreover, detachable tablets that use Windows will go up as well, from 53.3% of the market in 2016 to 74.6% by 2020.
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