India Tablet Market sales (unit shipments) touch 0.55 million units in 2Q 2012 recording a QoQ increase of 59% and YoY increase of 673%

Increase in shipments mainly due to entry of new tablet vendors and introduction of offerings from existing vendors at low to medium price points

Micromax emerges leader, followed by Samsung and Apple

The overall India Tablet market recorded sales of 0.55 million units in 2Q 2012. This was reported in the India Quarterly Media Tablet Market Review for 2Q 2012 released today by premier IT, Telecoms, Semiconductor & Electronics, Government, Entrepreneurship, Energy & Healthcare and User research firm CyberMedia Research.

In the overall India tablets market, Micromax leads with 18.4% share, followed by Samsung at second position with 13.3% and Apple at third position with 12.3%, in terms of sales (unit shipments) during the 2Q 2012.

Table 1.India Quarterly Media Tablets Market Review for 2Q 2012*

Vendors

%Share

Micromax

18.4

Samsung

13.3

Apple

12.3

*Source: CyberMedia Research (CMR) India Quarterly Media Tablets Market Review, 2Q 2012, September 2012

Though the India Tablets market is still at a nascent stage but at the same time has become competitive due to entry of new vendors with entry level offerings. Close to 90 vendors launched their tablets till 2Q 2012.TheASVof the tablets in 2Q 2012 has dropped to little above INR 13,000 from INR 26,000 in 1Q 2012, as a majority of vendors in early 2012 launched their products in the INR 5,000-10,000 price range.

Trends

According to Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice, “During 2Q 2012, 47.4% of tablet sales were from new entrants in the market with a strong focus on addressing application areas in the Education and Entertainment segments. The import of this stance clearly demonstrates that vendors are aiming to position their devices atIndia’s youth population.”

Some of the key trends in terms of specifications of media tablets inIndianoted in 2Q 2012 are listed in the table below.

Table 2. India Quarterly Media Tablets Market Review for 2Q 2012*: Trending

Feature

Trending

% Share

Connectivity Wi-Fi 69.6
Display 7” 79.7
OS Android 87.5
Processor Speed 1 Ghz 45.9
RAM 512 MB 59.7
Call Feature No 83.5

*Source: CyberMedia Research (CMR) India Quarterly Media Tablets Market Review, 2Q 2012, September 2012

“As Android devices become increasingly popular with users across the world, competition is increasing in the India Tablets market with more and more vendors launching devices based on the Android OS. The share of devices based on other operating systems like Windows, iOS and QNX are expected to rise in future in view of the recent announcement of the Microsoft Windows Surface Tablet, the global launch of the Apple iPad 3 and reduction in BlackBerry Playbook prices”, Faisal further added.

“Going forward we see vendors launching devices for particular industry segments other than Education, such as Healthcare, Retail and e-Governance. In terms of tablet use cases, the popular categories are Internet browsing, Email, Entertainment, Gaming, Social Networking, Information (Cricket, Flights etc). Clearly, the Indian user is also taking to the Tablet as a content consumption device”, added Tarun Pathak, Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice.

Notes for Editors

1)     CyberMedia Research (CMR) uses the term “shipments” to describe the number of Tablets leaving the factory premises for OEM sales or stocking by distributors and retailers. For the convenience of media, the term shipments has been replaced by ‘sales’ in the press release, but this reflects the market size in terms of units of tablets and not their absolute value. In the case of tablets imported into the country it represents the number leaving the first warehouse to OEMs, distributors and retailers. CMR does not track the number of tablets brought on their person by individual passengers landing on Indian soil from overseas destinations or ‘grey market’ tablets. CMR also does not include one-off, large institutional / government deals. These are, therefore, not part of the CMR numbers reported here.

2)     CMR tracks shipments of Tablets on a quarterly basis. However, as per convention, the market size may be reported on a calendar quarter basis where appropriate to the context; in all such cases this refers to an aggregated number for the three calendar months in the quarter to which the press release refers.