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.