Tablet sales in the usual size are on the wane as larger smartphones eat into their marketshare—but business uses are going to drive sales of larger tablets, says a new report by Strategy Analytics. The report suggests large tablet sales will have nearly doubled by the end of 2015, what with the rumored 13” iPad Pro and the 12” Microsoft Surface 3, while consumers push off smaller tablets in favor of phablets. Given that phones and tablets have a longer upgrade cycle, due to improved processors being unimportant, this could lead to sales falling off by as much as 30%.
It doesn’t surprise me that larger tablets are of more interest to business. Tablets are effectively becoming the new laptop now—especially the sort of hybrid device like the Surface that can attach to a more traditional keyboard. Given how much of business use revolves around documents, often represented as PDFs, having a portable device that can view them in their original size would make the most sense. This is also why larger e-ink devices like Sony’s Digital Paper were primarily business-focused and didn’t see much home use. Perhaps this also suggests the real target for Amazon’s rumored 12” tablet?
(Found via TechCrunch.)