There will be an estimated 46.65 million tablets shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016, slipping 28.6% on quarter and 8.6% on year, Digitimes Research indicated. In addition to iPad models, the shipments will include 21.5 million tablets to be launched by brand vendors, and 15.4 million units by white-box vendors, sequentially decreasing 25.9% and 24.1%, respectively.
DigiTimes believes that Apple will capture 21% of global shipments for the quarter, followed by Samsung at 14%, Lenovo at 7.2%, Amazon at 5.8%, Huawei at 4%, Asustek at 2.7%, Microsoft and TCL at 2.6%, LG at 1.8%, and Acer at 1.2%.
The 7-inch model tablets are expected to be most popular, accounting for 35.4% of shipments. 7.9-inch models are said to account for 13.8%, 8.x-inch 13.8%, 8.x-inch 6.1%, 9.x-inch 23.8%, 10.x-inch 10.1% and 11-inch and above 10.8%.
Notably, Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Air 3 on March 15th which could spark sales. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.