Still, IDC noted that slate tablets make up more than 75% of the market. "Slate sales are declining but they still serve a purpose and will do so for a long time to come," Bouchard said. IDC also reported that 65% of all tablets shipped in the second quarter were Android-based, followed by iOS at 26% and Windows at 9%.
IDC expects more business users to adopt detachable tablets as their primary computing device. In addition to the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, IDC includes HP's Envy x2 and Asus' Transformer Book Trio as examples of the detachable category. Canalys includes the Samsung Tab Pro S, the Huawei Matebook, the Lenovo Miix 700.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.