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Smartphones hit MEA’s tablet industry hard

ALKESH SHARMA
EMIRATES BUSINESS

Smartphone boom seems taking a heavy toll on the traditional slate tablets in the region. This boom is facilitated by affordable smart handsets, priced as low as US$80, and dual-SIM devices.
A recent research revealed that tablet shipment in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region has dipped by 3.1 percent year-on-year in 2015. Total shipment included only 16.2 million units in this region whereas globally the tablet market declined by 9.9%.
International Data Corporation (IDC) in its latest research report has stated that last quarter of 2015 was the real testing period for tablet market in the MEA.

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