Tablet hybrid devices will ship nearly 50 million units by 2018, rising from an estimated 9.5 million in 2013, according to hi-tech analysts, Juniper Research.
The new report, Tablets & Hybrids: Market Prospects 2014-2018, observed that the tablet market is becoming increasingly diverse as new form factors emerge.
This small scale evolution in the grey area between the Tablet and Ultrabook market is extremely appealing to a niche demographic, mostly business users and gamers.
These demographics are also the most able and willing to spend on new devices.
Tablet hybrids are designed to achieve additional or improved tablet functionality through the use of accessories, or can be in the form of an Ultrabook that can have the screen removed to perform as a slate.
Tablet hybrid devices include the Dell Venue 11 Pro (pictured above), Asus Transformer Book T100, Lenovo Miix 2, Dell XPS 12 and Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. All of these run on Windows 8.1.
The whitepaper, Hybrids 2-in-1 ~ PC to Tablet, is available to download from the Juniper website.
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