Xiaomi also plans to follow in Huawei and Lenovo's footsteps, recently announcing a tie-up with Microsoft to ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi's Android smartphones and tablets. And ABI Research predicts Dell's and HP's strategies, though they differ from the former trend, will work since each company is targeting the enterprise upgrade market, an area in which Apple has yet to launch product. 2-in-1 devices are thought to provide a better productivity experience in enterprise, as they offer users the best of both the tablet and laptop worlds. Their full QWERTY hard keyboards, folding form factors, productivity apps, and larger screens fuel their demand in the workforce.
"As tablet hardware continues to decline, vendors that can control software, services, and the ecosystem will win out," concludes McQueen. "There is still room in the mid-term for shipment growth in areas where the confluence of the tablet and laptop can be exploited to stimulate demand in the growing PC replacement market. Driving this movement will be enhancements in operating systems and improvements to enterprise productivity."
These findings are from ABI Research's Media Tablet Market Share Tracker (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1023191-media-tablet-market-share-tracker/). This report is part of the company's Wearables & Devices sector (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/wearables-devices/), which includes research, data, and analyst insights.
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