Expect more 8-inch Android tablets during second half of 2013


Analysts with NPD DisplaySearch are predicting big gains in the number of tablet devices shipped in 2013 and the hot spot is expected to be 8-inch tablet devices. According to NPD DisplaySearch, their analysis of the display supply chain indicates 8-inch devices will make up 5-10% of the market. That will be significant considering most Android powered tablets now come in either 7-inch or 10-inch sizes.

NPD’s analyst attributes the move to 8-inch devices to the success of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. However, it seems just as much credit could go to Android device makers who are routinely bringing smartphones to market in the 5- to 6-inch range. With Android smartphones so large, a jump to 8-inches as opposed to only 7-inches makes much more sense for consumers who want a tablet device as part of their portfolio of gadgets.

Overall, NPD DisplaySearch is projecting the tablet market to increase by 67% in 2013 compared to 2012. Meanwhile, notebook PC shipments are expected to continue their recent decline, losing 5% year over year. If NPD’s projections are accurate, shipments of tablet devices will exceed notebook PCs in 2013.

source: CNET

  • YellowGiant

    Dear OEMs,

    I would like you to build an 8-inch Android tablet, preferably with a 1920×1200 display or better, utilizing Intel’s new Clover Trail Atom processor (z2560, for example).

    ie. Something to replace my Nexus 7, that’s a little bit bigger, and a LOT faster.
    If you could keep the price under $400, they would sell like hot-cakes!
    Cheers! T