Top 10 Tablet PC in the World 2016

Published by MBA Skool Team, Last Updated: September 06, 2016

Tablets have become the most handy and unique electronic gadget for people. Tablets have been consistently been replacing laptops for keeping data, phones for calls, cameras for photos etc, as it is an efficient all-in-one tool. The top tablet PC include brands like Apple iPad (Pro, Mini, Air), Samsung Galaxy Tab, Lenovo (Thinkpad, Ideapad, Yoga), Microsoft Surface Pro, Google (Nexus, Pixel) along with companies like Amazon (Kindle, Fire), Huawei MateBook, Asus Google Nexus, LG G Pad and Dell Venue. Here is the list of the top 10 Tablet PC in the world 2016.


10. Dell Venue

Dell Inc. is an American multinational computer and associated Technology Company, founded in 1984 and headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, United States.


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The company primarily develops, sells, supports and repairs computers and linked products and services. Dell sells personal computers (PCs), servers, network switches, software, data storage devices, computer peripherals, cameras, printers, HDTVs, electronics and MP3 players.

The company had also briefly entered into making Android smartphones but it ceased its initiative.

Dell's latest tablet launch is the Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855. This tablet was launched in January 2016. The tablet has an 8.00-inch display with a high resolution of 1920 pixels by 1200 pixels. The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 is strongly powered by 2.24GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor. This tablet comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 has a 5-megapixel primary rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter camera for selfies as far as the camera description is concerned. The tablet runs Windows Phone 10 Pro and weighs 377 grams. The first tablet of Dell was Dell Venue 7 launched in January 2014which has a 7.00-inch display with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 800 pixels.

Dell was the third largest PC vendor worldwide after HP and Lenovo in 2015. It is also a market leader in terms of number of PC monitor shipments per year in the world. Previously publicly traded company, but now it is a private company. The company has made several additional acquisitions in storage and networking systems, to expand their portfolio from offering only computers to delivering comprehensive solutions for enterprise customers.

It has a market share over 1.5% with annual shipments ranging around 3.1 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 3.102

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =1.5

9. LG G Pad

LG Corporation is a renowned multinational conglomerate based out in Seoul, South Korea.


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Founded in 1947, LG is known to have diversified in different consumer segments such as electronics, telecom products and chemicals. It primarily operates through its various subsidiaries such as LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Uplus, Zenith and LG Chem in more than 80 countries. LG Electronics consists of four business units: Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components. LG Electronics manufactures a very wide range of handheld devices such as tablet devices and smartphones. LG, in 2009, launched its first Android smartphone, and in 2011, its first Android tablet.

The company is known for its flagship G series of mobile and tablet devices. It has more than 25 tablets ranging in screen size from 7.00 inches to 10.1 inches. LG's G Pad III 8.0 is its latest tablet launch which was launched recently in May 2016. The tablet comes with an 8.00-inch display and has a high resolution of 1920 pixels by 1200 pixels. The LG G Pad III 8.0 has 16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2000GB via a microSD card and is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core. Though the tablet does not have a promising camera feature, for it has a 5-megapixel primary rear camera, it is known for its value offering for price give.

The LG G Pad III 8.0 runs the Android 6.0 operating system and is also powered by a 4800mAh battery that is non removable and weighs 309 grams.

It has a market share over 3.35% with annual shipments ranging around 3 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 3

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =3.35

8. Asus Google Nexus

Asus is a Taiwanese multinational computer electronics and hardware company headquartered in Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan.


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Founded in 1989, it has a very diverse set of consumer and enterprise related products that include desktops, laptops, mobile phones etc. It also has netbooks monitors, projectors, networking equipment, motherboards, optical storage, graphics cards, multimedia products, wearables, workstations, servers, and tablet PCs. While Google handles the design, development and marketing of its tablet devices, the manufacturing is done through partnering with the original equipment manufacturers where Asus is one in the list that included Samsung, HTC and also Motorola. The two generations of the Nexus 7 launched in 2012 was manufactured for and branded as Google for release. In 2013, Asus held an announcement as a successor to the Google Nexus 7 which was a 7.00 -inch tablet with 1280 by 800 pixel display and was the first device to run Android 4. In late 2013, Google introduced the second generation of Nexus 7 which was also developed and manufactured by Asus.

Asus has also been keenly working with Microsoft for developing Windows 8 convertible tablets. As of August 2016, the devices currently available in Nexus series are two smartphones, the Nexus 6P (manufactured by Huawei) and Nexus 5X (manufactured by LG). The most recent tablet was the Nexus 9 which was manufactured by HTC and the most recent streaming media player the Nexus Player manufactured by Asus.

Asus also launched many Android-based smartphones in the brand name Zenfone and Padfone series which are powered by Intel Atom processors.

It has a market share over 3.9% with annual shipments ranging around 3.7 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 3.7

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =3.9

7. Huawei MateBook

Huawei Technologies is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment, networking and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.


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Founded in 1987, it was primarily phone switches manufacturing company. Later it expanded its portfolio into different businesses and now is one of the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer worldwide and China’s biggest telephone network equipment maker. Its other business segments include providing consulting and operating services equipment to enterprises in China, building robust telecommunications networks and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer segments.

The company has been manufacturing mobile phones since 1997. It has recently stepped into the smartwatch market through an Android Wear based device.

Huawei MateBook tablet was first launched in February 2016. The tablet has a 12.00-inch display with a very high resolution of 2160 pixels by 1440 pixels. This Matebook has a 4GB of RAM and a 128GB of internal storage that is not expandable. It is powered by 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core sixth generation processor. It runs using a Windows 10 Pro and is power-driven by a 4430mAh non removable battery. It weighs 640.00 grams.

With a 2-in-1 design that includes a stylus for drawing and making notes and a detachable keyboard, this is considered a versatile machine. The tablet is just 6.9mm thick and hence making it the thinnest Windows tablet around. This 12-inch Matebook features a quality all-aluminum uni-body, glass front and a chamfered edges as that of its smartphone variant Huawei Mate 8.

It has a market share over 3.3% with annual shipments ranging around 6.7 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 6.7

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =3.3

6. Amazon (Kindle, Fire)

Amazon, is an international e-commerce company with origin in America with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States.


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Founded in 1994, Amazon is the world's biggest ecommerce retailer in terms of market capitalization and total sales surpassing even the retail giant Walmart. It is ranked 18th in Fortune 500 annual list of top companies based on revenue for 2016 and 237th in Forbes 2000 annual list of top companies based on sales, assets and market capitalization for 2016. The company has expanded to several countries over the years including India. Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, Ireland, France Italy, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Japan, China, Mexico and India.

Amazon is also a popular electronics manufacturer for its Kindle series for eBook readers and also for the Kindle Fire line of tablets in addition to its Fire Phone. Amazon's latest tablet launch is the Amazon Fire Kids Edition. The tablet was launched last September of 2015. The tablet comes with a 7.00-inch display with a regular resolution of 1024 pixels by 600 pixels with a PPI of 171 pixels per inch. The Amazon Fire Kids Edition is power driven by 1.3GHz quad-core. It includes a 1GB of RAM and an 8GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. This Amazon Fire Kids Edition has a 2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a limited 0.3-megapixel front camera. The tablet runs using Fire OS and weighs 405.00 grams.

It has a market share over 5.15% with annual shipments ranging around 5.2 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 5.2

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =5.15

5. Google (Nexus, Pixel)

Google, the most popular American multinational technology company, headquartered in California.


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It is specialized not only in Internet-related services and products such as search, online advertising technologies, cloud computing, and software, but also in consumer electronic products primarily smartphones and tablets. Google has moved progressively into communications hardware through partnership with major electronics manufacturers in the world like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Asus etc., in the production of its high-quality yet low-cost Nexus mobile and tablet devices. Google Nexus is a series of consumer electronic devices that function using the Android operating system. Google handles the development, design and marketing of these handheld devices and the manufacturing is completely carried out the partners who are the original equipment manufacturers as mentioned before.

Till date 6 Nexus tablets and 6 Nexus smartphones variants and have been released in the market. The latest devices available in the market as of 2016 are Nexus 5X by LG and 6P smartphone by Huawei, Nexus 9 Tablet manufactured and marketed by HTC, and the Nexus digital media player marketed and manufactured by Asus. Google also launched a Nexus 10 which is a 10.00 inch tablet manufactured by Samsung.

Nexus 10 was released in 2012 with a 10.1-inch, 2560 by 600 pixel display, and was the world's highest resolution tablet in terms of display then available in 16 and 32 GB variants. Nexus 9 was the fourth tablet in the Google Nexus tablet series. It has an 8.9-inch LCD display with a 1536 by 2048 resolution with a 2 GB of RAM and runs Android 5.0.

It has a market share over 3.92% with annual shipments ranging around 8.10 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 8.097

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =3.915

4. Microsoft Surface Pro

One of the world's popular and largest software makers, Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in California at Redmond of the United States.


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It is renowned for its Windows, the world's most famous operating system for PCs and laptops, and it launched its first Windows smartphone OS in 2010, and its very own Surface series line up of tablets in 2012. The company recently completed the acquisition of Nokia Devices and other Services division in 2014. It is the world’s largest software maker in terms of sales revenue and also considered as one of the world’s most valuable companies. It is ranked 25th in Fortune 500 annual list of top companies based on revenue for 2016 and 23rd in Forbes 2000 annual list of top companies based on sales, assets and market capitalization for 2016.

Microsoft launched Microsoft Surface tablet computer in 2012 thereby penetrating into the PC segment market. The tablets then ran on the Windows 8 operating system. MS Surface became the 1st device in the history of personal computers to have its hardware been designed and made by Microsoft.

The most recent tablet model of Microsoft is Microsoft Surface 4 that comes with a 12.30-inch display with a very high resolution of 2736 pixels by 1824 pixels in comparison to other products in market with a PPI of 267 pixels per inch.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with 4GB of RAM. It has an Intel Core M3 processor and the 128GB expandable memory. The Surface Pro 4 has an 8-mp primary camera on the rear and a 5-mp front camera. It runs Windows 10 and weighs 766.00 grams.

It has a market share over 4% with annual shipments ranging around 8.3 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 8.272

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =4

3. Lenovo (Thinkpad, Ideapad,Yoga)

Lenovo Group Ltd. is a technology multinational company with its headquarters in China at Beijing, and United States at North Carolina.


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It was founded in the year 1984, and Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business division in the year 2005, and became the world's top PC maker in 2013. It then entered the Android and Windows tablet market in 2011, and in 2012 started to sell Android smartphones, and lately acquired Motorola Mobility division in 2014 from Google. The company has also launched Zuk in China territory, a sub brand that is online-only for smartphones. It functions in various consumer segments, where it manufactures and sells tablet computers, personal computers, smartphones, electronic storage devices, workstations, smart televisions servers and IT management software.

Lenovo was the world's biggest personal computer manufacturer by sales in 2015. It manufactures and markets the ThinkPad series of notebook computers, IdeaPad series of notebook laptops, IdeaCentre series of desktops, Yoga series of notebook laptops, and the ThinkCentre series of desktops.

In January 2016, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet was launched. The tablet has a 12.00-inch display with a high resolution of 2160 pixels by 1440 pixels. Whereas, in September 2015 Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 was launched, which has a 12.00-inch display. The tablet comes with a 10.10-inch display with a high resolution of 1280 pixels by 800 pixels. The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300 tablet was launched in the market in July 2015 worldwide. This tablet comes with an 8.00-inch display with an equivalent high resolution of 1280 pixels by 800 pixels as that of its successors with a PPI of 189 pixels per inch.

It has a market share over 5.55% with annual shipments ranging around 11.3 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 11.3

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =5.55

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab

This South Korean multinational company was founded in 1969 as Samsung Electric Industries in Suwon of South Korea.


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But today it has a broad portfolio of consumer products that range from televisions to semiconductors. It released the 1st Android smartphone in 2009 and the 1st Android tablet in 2010, and it has also started to develop smartphones running Tizen OS, as an alternative to its Android based smartphones. The company is a market leader in the smartphone market in terms of unit sales in the world. It is ranked 18th in Forbes 2000 annual list of top companies based on sales, assets and market capitalization for 2016.

The company launched a series of Smartphones and tablets in the name Galaxy series. It mainly included the A, S and TabPro variants. In March 2016, Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet was launched. The tablet has a 7.00-inch display and a resolution of 800 pixels by 1280 pixels. This tablet has a 1.3GHz quad-core with 1.5GB of RAM. With 8GB expandable internal storage up to 200MB, a 5-megapixel primary camera along with a steady 2-megapixel front camera. It is also certain to mention that the S variants are widely preferred by Samsung loyalists. The tablet runs Android 5.1 and weighs 283 g. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S tablet was another important model that was launched in January 2016. The tablet comes with a 12.00 inch display with a high resolution of 2160 pixels by 1440 pixels that uses Windows 10 OS and weighs 603.00 g.

It has a market share over 16.3% with annual shipments ranging around 33.6 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 33.6

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =16.3

1. Apple iPad (Pro, Mini, Air)

Founded in 1976, Apple started as a personal computer pioneer and now has a very strong consumer base with brand loyalty for years.


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This Cupertino, California, based consumer electronics leader, entered the smartphone market in 2007 with its iPhone, and the tablet market in 2010 with its iPad, and the smartwatch market in 2014 with its Apple Watch. Its products are the iPhone, the Mac series of computers, the iPod, the iPad tablet and the Apple Watch smartwatch. The three main online services that include iTunes Store, iCloud, and the App Store. It is the world's 2nd largest mobile phone manufacturer and also the world’s biggest technology company by total assets. It is ranked 3rd in Fortune 500 annual list of top companies based on revenue for 2016 and 8th in Forbes 2000 annual list of top companies based on sales, assets and market capitalization for 2016.

Apple's latest tablet launch is the iPad Pro 9.7 that was launched in early 2016. It has a very high resolution of 2048 pixels by 1536 pixels aided by PPI of 264 pixels per inch. With a powerful A9X processor unique to Apple, a not expandable 32GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. It runs iOS 9 and weighs 437.00 grams. Apple IPad mini 4 was launched in late 2015 and the Apple IPad Air 2 was launched in late 2014. Both have high resolution and have a consistent market share even now.

It has a market share over 24.13% with annual shipments ranging around 49.5 million, in 2015-16.

Annual Shipments 2015-16 (In Millions) = 49.5

Market Share 2015-16 (%) =24.13

 

Ranking Methodology:

Annual shipments and market share for each brand is taken, and weightages of 0.4 and 0.6 are given to them respectively. Once the final scores are calculated, the rankings are done.

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