SLUMP IN BUDGET ANDROID DEVICE SALES DRAGS MARKET DOWN FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The Australian tablet market is entering a new phase of competition with Apple and Microsoft set to battle it out for touch screen device dominance, according to a new study from emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte.
In its sixth year, the Telsyte Australian Media Tablet Market Study 2016 found that 3.1 million tablet devices were sold in 2015, down from 3.8 million in 2014. Despite a second year of decline, Telsyte believes the market is set to grow again in 2016 as consumer appetite shifts to higher end 2-in-1 (computer and tablet) devices.
With the number of units sold dropping by 18 per cent in 2015, industry revenues grew by 2 per cent due to price rises, and a growing preference for premium products with a higher average sale price.
Sub-premium tablets, or those priced below $450, made up 48 per cent of sales in 2014 but only 35 per cent in 2015. This share is expected to fall to 26 per cent in 2016 as consumers embrace higher-end models.
“The impact of phablets, or larger smartphones, has been mostly towards lower cost smaller screen tablets,” Telsyte senior analyst Alvin Lee says.
The sales share of Windows-based tablets almost doubled in 2015 from 2014; however, the rise of Windows as a tablet platform was not yet enough to offset the overall market decline.
After a slow start Microsoft is now realising the tablet opportunity, producing its own Surface branded devices, but also shipping on Windows devices from Samsung (the dominant Android smartphone and tablet vendor) and traditional partners such as Dell and Lenovo.
Telsyte Senior Analyst Alvin Lee says Android’s volume strategy is uncertain, and the lack of a “hero” device from Google or other vendors is holding back Android’s tablet potential.
Early 2-in-1 buyers more business focused
Early adopters of 2-in-1 tablets are more likely to be business professionals and career driven, according to Telsyte’s technology buyer research.
The study found 2-in-1 users are twice as likely to “keep up to date with technology developments”, twice as likely to “have used the Internet to share their creativity” and 1.6 times more likely to “want to get to the very top of their career”, than the average Australian (aged over 16).
Telsyte’s Enterprise IT research indicates nearly half of Australian businesses allow BYOD (Bring your own device) in the workplace, including tablet and notebook devices.
Australia’s leading tablets reviewed
For the first time, Telsyte is releasing its analyst device reviews based on real world testing and analysis of components, application environments, business and consumer features, price, channels to market, design and several other factors. The ratings are considered from a tablet user perspective and some of the results are as follows:
|Tablets reviewed||Telsyte rating||Operating system||Reviewed with keyboard||Assessment|
|Acer Aspire R14||3 stars||Windows||Foldable design||Size and weight are not ideal as a 2-in-1 tablet. Does not have the common bezel-less design.|
|Apple iPad Pro (12.9 inch)||4.5 stars||iOS||Smart Keyboard||A premium device with a premium price tag.|
|Apple iPad Pro (9.7 inch)||5 stars||iOS||Smart Keyboard||An upgrade from the existing 10 inch iPad range.|
|Apple iPad mini 4||4 stars||iOS||No||Lower specs compared to the iPad Pro range.|
|Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi||3.5 stars||Windows||Detachable keyboard||Lower specs and has no full-size USB ports.|
|Dell Inspiron 11||3.5 stars||Windows||Foldable design||Non-detachable screen and lower specs.|
|Google Nexus 9||4 stars||Android||No||Priced at premium compared to previous models.|
|Google Pixel C||3.5 stars||Android||Pixel C Keyboard||Lack of optimised apps for the 2-in-1 form factor.|
|HP Spectre X2||4 stars||Windows||Detachable keyboard||Missing HDMI port or USB 3.0 ports for business user.|
|Lenovo Yoga 900||4 stars||Windows||Foldable design||Foldable design adds bulk when using in tablet form.|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4||4.5 stars||Windows||Keyboard cover||A high-end device but pricey.|
|Microsoft Surface Book||4.5 stars||Windows||Detachable keyboard||A premium device but it is heavy.|
|Samsung Galaxy TabPro S||4.5 stars||Windows||Keyboard cover||Lack of external ports (only one USB-Type C) requires further investment in peripherals.|
|Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet||4 stars||Android||Detachable keyboard||Detachable keyboard needs charging separately.|
|Toshiba Portege Z20T||3.5 stars||Windows||Detachable keyboard||Does not have a slim form factor as others have in standalone tablet mode.|
|2 stars||Below average|
|4 stars||Strong challenger|
|5 stars||Advanced product|
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About Telsyte’s Australian Media Tablet Market Study 2016
Telsyte’s Australian Media Tablet Market Study 2016 is a comprehensive report which provides subscribers with:
Tablet market sizing, platform and vendor market shares and forecasts
End user trends across devices, services and mobile media
Product reviews and insights
Tablet audience estimates for media companies
In preparing this study, Telsyte used:
Financial reports released by mobile carriers, manufacturers, retailers and other service providers.
Interviews conducted with executives from manufacturers, retailers, media companies and channel partners.
An online survey of a representative sample of Australians 16+ years of age conducted with 1,077 respondents in July 2015.
An online survey of a representative sample of Australians 16+ years of age conducted with 1,075 respondents in November 2015.
On-going monitoring of local and global market and vendor trends.
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