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As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect smartphone vendors to launch convertibles

Mark Hachman | April 29, 2016
Smartphone vendors are applying their mobile acumen to user demand for tablets that can also be laptops.

Apparently the future holds a healthy ecosystem of detachable hardware, one that's already populated by the Apple iPad Pro and competitors, including the Surface Pro 4 and third-party hardware like the Lenovo MIIX 700. It seems poised to fill the void between PCs and smartphones. “Microsoft arguably created the market for detachable tablets with the launch of their Surface line of products,” Ubrani said. “With the PC industry in decline, the detachable market stands to benefit as consumers and enterprises seek to replace their aging PCs with detachables.”

 

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