A report published by ABI Research shows that 4.5 million tablets were sold in Q3 of 2010. Of those, “about 93%” were iPads. That’s roughly 4.3 million. Holy crap.
However, the tablet scene has boomed recently, with around 100 new devices shown off at January’s CES in Las Vegas, not to mention those unveiled at Mobile World Congress last week.
Jeff Orr, Senior Practice Director at ABI, notes: “Over time, Apple’s first-to-market iPad advantage will inevitably erode to some extent. ABI Research has been tracking media tablets since December 2009; future quarterly editions of this Market Data product will include market share tracking of all the major media tablet vendors.”
Indeed, the cracks are already forming. Apple will officially reveal the iPad 2 on March 2, but the rumour mill reckons a planned SD slot and high-res screen were dumped at the last minute due to “engineering issues”.
In the meantime, Motorola launched the Xoom yesterday in the States. It doesn’t have Flash support yet, but otherwise looks impressive on the spec front. Motorola is hoping to grab attention with a cheeky Oscars tie-in.
We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in March too. It was one of World Mobile Congress’ must-see devices.
And let’s not forget HTC’s Flyer. The 7in take on the tablet has a whopping 1.5GHz of processing juice, and 1GB of RAM.
Yep, 2011 looks set to be a substantially bumpier ride for Apple.