Research firm IDC said global tablet sales for the full year rose just 4.4 % for the year to 229.6 million units, after a jump of more than 50 % in 2013.
After all the hyped surrounding tablets, the market has slowed as consumers are done away with tablet devices.
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Apple remained the top seller in the last quarter with a market share of 28.1%, according to IDC, and 27 % according to Strategy Analytics, even though iPad sales were down 18 %. Samsung was the number two seller with a 14.5 percent share, IDC said.
But that's not the end. Tablets are expected to comeback in a big way, with both Apple and Samsung rumoured to be preparing multiple models.
We're big fans of 2014's Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2, but we're even excited to see the next generation tablets expected to launch in 2015.
Here are 8 upcoming tablets that should be enough to make any consumer existed.
Large Screen Sized iPad
Apple has had a tough year. iPad sales are down year-over-year, so the Cupertino-based giant need to do something drastic to refuel its dying product. Rumour has it that Apple is keen to launch a large screen sized version of the iPad. The speculated device is said to be the Surface Pro 3 killer, as it will come with a 12-inch screen and a working stylus. The device should be out in the market before September 2015.
Next Generation Nexus Tablet
HTC made a well-crafted tablet for Google. A compact version of the Nexus 9 is not expected anytime soon, but we're anticipating a 13-inch tablet with a Snapdragon 815 processor and 5GB of RAM. The slate should be out in the market sometime around Christmas 2015.
iPad Air 3 With 4K Display
We are big fans of the Apple iPad Air 2 and we just can't wait for a better version of the device. Most users aren't desperate for a smaller iPad- rumours suggest it could have a 4K display- but analysts believe that it's just right for the multimedia usage.
Surface Pro 4 Expected To Launch in 2015
A Chinese news website, cnBeta (via IB Times) claims that the Surface Pro 4 that will launch this year. Apparently the device will be available in two different sizes and both models will come preloaded with Windows 10 OS. Citing cnBeta, Design & Trend states that instead of the previous rumours that revealed that the Surface Pro 4 will feature a 12-inch display, new rumours indicate that the Surface Pro 4 will come with a 14-inch screen.
Samsung To Rival Apple With Galaxy Tab S Pro
The Galaxy Tab S Pro would most likely be Samsung's weapon on the much-rumoured iPad Pro, which is said to have a screen of around 12 inches. It probably won't have a working stylus though, seeing as it's not labelled as the Galaxy Note device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 To Rival iPad Air 3
According to media reports, the Galaxy Tab S will likely to come with entry level Snapdragon 410 SoC with 64-bit architecture along with the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to previous rumours, the Galaxy Tab 5 10.1 will have a 10.1-inch HD screen display and will cost $350 (approximately Rs. 22,050)
Nokia N1 To Launch Globally This Year
Nokia is no more a mobile phone maker. The company last year launched the Nokia N1 in China. It may be a cheap looking tablet, but offers value to consumers in emerging markets. Currently available in China, we're expecting the device to go on sale in India this year via an online route.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet To Launch in September 2015
The Z4 tablet is anticipated to make its debut in September of 2015. Not much is known about the device as yet but it should come with a 4K screen. Plus, the device is expected to come with a Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.