Indian tablet market declined 10% in Q1: CMR

Samsung is largely grown in its Rs. 15,000 price band of the tablet market, whereas Datawind’s 13 percent of its tablet sales were in the education sector.

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According to a new report by CyberMedia Research, India's Tablet PC market witnessed 10 percent decline in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the last quarter, with Lenovo leading the pack with a 23 percent market share.

Indian tablet market declined 10% in Q1: CMR

 

Menka Kumari, Analyst-IIG, CyberMedia Research said: "Keeping in with the trends of 1Q over the past years, the first quarter was predictably slow. Vendors were busy clearing the previous stock than focusing on getting fresh shipments."

She said: "Interestingly, a new breed of enterprise users, including restaurant managers, traffic police, salesmen, courier men, and e-commerce delivery boys, have emerged as an attractive bet for tablet companies."

This segment will witness further traction in the coming quarters, with new enterprise use cases springing forth.

The report said the tablet market was dominated by Lenovo, Samsung, and Datawind.

Menka Kumari, Analyst-IIG, CyberMedia Research, said: "Lenovo's introduction of its tablets in educational segment, catering to Akash and FIITJEE, has helped the product company grow its base in the education sector in 1Q CY2018. Moreover, Lenovo's new launch, the Tab 4 series, has largely helped in boosting the 4G tablet market. Growth and demand from the B2B market is another reason for the strong growth of the tablet market. "

In addition, Samsung is largely grown in its Rs. 15,000 price band of the tablet market, whereas Datawind's 13 percent of its tablet sales were in the education sector.

"Datawind's strategy of keeping its products cost-effective has encouraged students to use them. The retail market has mostly been dominated by Datawind and iBall which is notably not present in the B2B market," said Kumari.

In the coming quarter, the B2B market will gain mostly on the back of government initiatives in the education sector.

Central and State governments, such as Bihar and Gujarat Governments, have been promoting digital-led education through various government schemes, enabling colleges and schools of learning to go for tablets.

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