Despite the holiday season, the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15) with 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 percent Y-o-Y, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down 10.1 percent from 230.1 million in the prior year. Despite the market's negative trajectory overall, shipments for detachable tablets reached an all-time high of 8.1 million devices.
The transition toward detachable devices appears to be in full swing as pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of 21.1 percent. On the other hand, detachable tablets more than doubled their shipments since the fourth quarter of last year.