29 Oct 2020

Worldwide Tablet Shipments Grew 24.9% in Q3 2020, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 29, 2020 – The worldwide tablet market delivered solid results in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20) with 24.9% year-over-year growth and shipments totaling 47.6 million units, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure due to COVID-19 restrictions drove the market. Consumer spending on technology has also been on the rise while other categories, such as dining, entertainment, and travel, have declined during the pandemic.

Tablet Company Highlights

Apple shipped 13.9 million units in 3Q20 to lead the tablet market once again. The vendor recorded year-over-year growth of 17.4%. As expected, the vendor performed well in the education segment and there was growth in the consumer segment after two quarters of decline. While the iPad (2019) was able to maintain the largest share of shipments, the latest iPad (2020) managed to record a notable volume of shipments despite its late launch during the quarter.

Samsung regained the second position with shipments of 9.4 million units and year-over-year growth of 89.2%. As demand for more mobile, portable computing solutions has increased, Samsung has focused on its Android detachable portfolio, which recorded solid growth in the quarter. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Tab S7+ in 3Q20 – the first 5G tablet to be available worldwide – making it one of the first tablet vendors to adopt 5G.

Amazon.com slipped to the third position in 3Q20 with shipments totaling 5.4 million units. This was a decline of 1.2% year over year due to the 3Q19 comparison where Prime Day sales drove record shipments. The recently released 8-inch tablets captured the biggest share of shipments in 3Q20 while the 10.1-inch tablets were a close second. Amazon's Kids Edition tablets have also maintained strong momentum across both the 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

Huawei shipped 4.9 million units in 3Q20 for year-over-year growth of 32.9%, enabling the company to gain share in the market. Despite the sanctions from the US government, Huawei managed to grow across multiple geographies, including outside China. However, securing the right components for its tablet lineup will continue to be an issue along with the lack of Google's Mobile Services. As a result, the outlook for the company's tablet business remains uncertain.

Lenovo finished the quarter in the fifth position recording year-over-year growth of 62.4% and shipping 4.1 million units. Lenovo's slate tablets did exceptionally well, mainly driven by budget friendly tablets with larger screen sizes that help users to collaborate virtually and to view and interact with digital content, which is of paramount importance in the current situation.

Top Five Tablet Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Third Quarter 2020 (Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments in millions)


3Q20 Unit Shipments

3Q20 Market Share

3Q19 Unit Shipments

3Q19 Market Share

Year-Over-Year Growth

1. Apple






2. Samsung






3. Amazon.com






4. Huawei






5. Lenovo


















Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, October 29, 2020

Table Notes:

  • Data is preliminary and subject to change. Some IDC estimates prior to financial earnings reports. Data for all companies are reported for calendar periods.
  • Total tablet market includes slate tablets plus detachable tablets. References to "tablets" in this release include both slate tablets and detachable devices.
  • "Convertibles" refers to convertible notebooks, which are notebook PCs that have keyboards that can either flip, spin, or twist, but unlike detachable tablets, convertible notebook keyboards are hardwired to the display.
  • Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.
  • The "Company" represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as subsidiary.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker gathers data in more than 90 countries and provides detailed, timely, and accurate information on the global personal computing device market. This includes data and insight into global trends around desktops, notebooks, detachable tablets, slate tablets, and workstations. In addition to insightful analysis, the program delivers quarterly market share data and a five-year forecast by country. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis.

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