A lot might be happening in the tablet segment right now, though unfortunately it might not be enough for the segment to slip off a bit from its growth record. As per Digitimes Research, total tablet shipments in Q1 of 2013 will be around 33.8 million units. This represents a growth of 75.8 percent over the year, but is down 28.8 percent sequentially. The report also indicates it will be the iPad that will continue to dominate the tablet scene with shipments reaching around 22 million units. This in turn will mark a 5 percent sequential growth and will enable Apple to continue with its vice like grip on the tablet segment.
Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble will be the other key player in the segment followed by Microsoft. Interestingly, among these, only Samsung is known to be readying a new 8 inch tablet derivative of its successful Galaxy Note II device. Amazon has just refreshed its tablet range a few months ago while Google and Barnes & Noble are likely to do so in the coming months. As for Microsoft, the Surface Pro is out and is already labeled “sold out” in various stores. The actual sales report will make for a interesting read.