The shift toward smaller tablets will accelerate in the second half of the year when a slew of tablet makers, including Apple, introduce new models with screens 8 inches or smaller, said Richard Shim, an analyst with DisplaySearch.
Although larger-sized tablets dominated 2012—those 9 inches and larger accounted for 60% of sales last year—the going-small switch has picked up unexpected speed, Shim said.
“In 2013, it is smaller tablet PCs that are expected to make up over 60% of shipments,” he said in a Tuesday blog post. DisplaySearch estimates that for the year, 66% of all tablets sold will sport screens smaller than 9 inches.
8-inch tablets the sweet spot?
Last month, rival research firm IDC said tablets 8 inches and smaller would account for 55% of the total for 2013.