More and more people are buying tablets with second quarter of this year setting a new record for media tablet shipments, reaching nearly 25 million units and representing 36% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and 77% year-over-year (YoY) growth. Needless to say, Apple is still dominating this game, with its iPad accounting for almost 69% of worldwide volumes for the period. In addition, Samsung (8.1%) and ASUS (4%) also grew in the second quarter, and worldwide shipments are now expected to exceed 100 million units by the end of 2012.
Apple’s 17 million tablet shipments in Q1 nearly matches 2010 total worldwide shipments of 17.3 million for all vendors, which is an impressive figure. Nearly 1 million of iPad 2 devices were shipped to US education customers during the period, contributing to the company’s growth but also its continuing average selling price (ASP) decline.
Samsung holds the distant second position and is followed by Amazon and ASUS. That, however, could easily change after the introduction of Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface…
Finally, when it comes to connectivity options, most tablets only contain Wi-Fi support… Additional details are available from ABI Research.