New products propel Q4 tablet shipments upward

01/31/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Product variety and affordable prices drove tablet shipments forward in the fourth quarter, with an increase of 73% over the third quarter, according to research firm IDC. The firm said 52.5 million tablets were delivered, an increase from 29.9 million in 2011. "New product launches from the category's top vendors, as well as new entrant Microsoft, led to a surge in consumer interest and very robust shipment totals during the holiday season," said Tom Mainelli, IDC research director for tablets.

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