Lenovo reported selling a higher number of tablet devices and smartphones than other forms of computing, despite the fact that the tablet segment in its home country of China itself has shrunk a bit. Total tablet sales during the second quarter have turned out to be 3.57 million, which represents a growth of 5.2 percent over the previous quarter. This represents a slight drop from the 6.3 percent growth recorded in the first quarter.
However, those statistics are far better than the 10 percent decline that the tablet segment recorded in the second quarter the world over. The trend is likely to reverse and sales are expected to pick up steam once again once Apple launches its new line of tablet devices. The California-based company is slated to launch the successor to its current tablet offerings, iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, during fall season or even later. Amazon, too, is slated to refresh its tablet lineup with new devices around the same time, while Google’s New Nexus 7 has already reached markets.
This should explain the steep drop in demand for the current generation iPad, which recorded the biggest decline in sales at about 25 percent. Shipments dropped from 19.6 million in the first quarter to just 14.6 million in the second quarter.
For Samsung, the second largest player in the tablet space, the drop in shipment has been less sharp, having shipped 8.1 million tablet devices during second quarter, a slight dip from the 8.6 million tablet devices it shipped during the first quarter. That still represents a 277 percent year-over-year growth, having shipped just 2.1 million tablets in Q2, 2012.