There was a period when the tablet market was pretty much deadly. Unlike phones, tablets were not produced with new features designed to make you protect a new model every year. At the same time, larger phone sizes made many consumers wonder what the hell they needed a tablet for anyway.
Samsung rumored to release powerful new tablets early next year including an “Ultra” model
On a quarterly basis, sales of tablets globally peaked in the fourth quarter of 2013 at 78.6 million units delivered under Statista. This number dropped to 25.7 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2020 before returning in the fourth quarter of the same year of 52.2 million delivered slate. Clear that quarter Apple provided the latest iPad Air (2020) powered by the new 5nm A14 chipset with 11.8 billion transistors, but there was another reason why the tablet resurfaced during this period.
Samsung’s current top-of-the-line tablet, the Galaxy Tab S7 +
What made the tablet market turn around was the global spread of the pandemic. When parents and their children could not work from the office or go to school, they turned to tablets for work and lessons. And when the day was over, the same device that was so invaluable during the workday became a go-to device for streaming video, music and games during the evening.
Suddenly, the iPad was in demand. During the fiscal second quarter of 2021, iPad revenue increased by as much as 79% on an annual basis. And this year, Apple is running its high-end premium iPad Pro slate with the same M1 chip that it uses on some Mac models. Also manufactured using TSMCs 5nm process node, each M1 SoC carries an incredible mind-blowing 16 billion transistors.
Samsung also offered advanced tablets last year with Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus. Both models are powered by Snapdragon 865+ chipset. The former carried an 11-inch screen, while the screen of the latter weighed in at 12.4-inches. The slates both come with a 120Hz refresh rate that updates the screen 120 times per second.
SamMobile says the manufacturer is working on a brand new series of powerful tablets that are expected to be released early next year including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus. However, a third extremely powerful tablet is said to be on its way to early next year, citing the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and borrowing the name that Sammy used for his leading flagship phones in 2020 and 2021.
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra reportedly has a 14.6-inch OLED screen, 1.7 inches larger than Apple’s largest 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. The battery that keeps the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra running is said to weigh 12000 mAh. The trio each supports its S Pen, a premium QWERTY keyboard accessory, and connects to Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G signals.
Apple and Samsung are the two largest manufacturers of tablets worldwide, and both have been helped by the pandemic
Pricing of the three tablets based on converting rumored Korean won prices to US dollars (hardly a foolproof method of estimating prices in the state) could start at $ 740 for Tab S8, rise to $ 1,120 for Tab S8 + and frame $ 1,320 for Tab S8 Ultra.
Apple and Samsung are the top two tablet providers in the world in that order, which seems pretty obvious. Both companies continue to innovate when it comes to their slate. For example, the first iPad to use an OLED screen is rumored to be a 10.8-inch or 10.9-inch iPad Air model and this may appear in 2022 or 2023. iPad Air (2020) included a new version of Touch ID that hides the fingerprint scanner under the power button on the side of the device.
The big question is whether the growing demand for tablets continues, even when the number of people coming down with COVID finally drops to more manageable numbers.