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Tablet shipments down, but detachables catch on

Matt Hamblen | Feb. 2, 2016
About 2 million iPad Pros sold in Q4, IDC says.

In addition, Ubrani said Android tablets need to support more of their own tablet-oriented apps, and not primarily smartphone-oriented apps.

IDC's definition of the detachable category includes those devices that vendors term 2-in-1s where the tablet portion can be separated from the keyboard/cover portion. Vendors also include under the heading of 2-in-1s those so-called convertible laptops like the Yoga from Lenovo, which has a hinged, clamshell design where the display can be swiveled and folded down on the keyboard, but cannot be detached. The Yoga and other convertibles are counted as laptops by IDC and not as tablets, Ubrani said.

Ubrani said "Apple did a great job so far" with the iPad Pro, even though some reviewers gave it lukewarm reviews because of its high price. The basic model of the iPad Pro with 32 GB and Wi-Fi-only starts at $799, and Apple charges $169 extra for the Smart Keyboard to give it more laptop-like functionality.

 

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