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India tablet computer sales to double in 2013: research

Sales of tablet computers in India are likely to be double in 2013 to 6 million, the market's third year of expansion, as new gadgets draw business users and low costs magnetize consumers, research firm CyberMedia estimation.

Sales are likely to have achieved 3 million in 2012, up from just about 0.5 million in 2011, the firm expected on Friday, mentioning data for the quarter to last-September, when companies directed by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) sold 1.1 million tablets. With the launch of low-cost gadgets running on Google’s Android platform by local firms, sales of tablets and smartphones have developed quickly in the last two years. A swing of global makers of tablets has also gone into the market.

In 2013, new tablets running on Microsoft's Windows 8 platform and companies' taking on of tablets for business applications will vary the market appreciably another time, Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst at CyberMedia's telecoms practice, said in a report. India is the world's second leading telecommunications market with about 900 million mobile phone accounts. But computer infiltration is low, and only about a tenth of its 1.2 billion people has right to use to Internet.

Samsung had about 23.9 percent share of tablet computers traded in India in the July-September quarter last year, CyberMedia Research said.

Local firm Micromax had ranked second with 15.3 percent of the market, while Datawind, the manufacturer of Aakash tablet, owed as the world's cheapest tablet computer, positioned on third rank, it said in the report.

Apple, the manufacturer of iPad tablet computers, was rank fifth with an 8.7 percent share, the data illustrated. The average sales rate of tablets throughout the quarter was about 13,200 rupees, while 63.5 percent of the sales were beneath 10,000 rupees, CyberMedia Research said. By assessment, the Apple's lowest-priced iPad Mini sells for 21,900 rupees, well-liked online retailer Flipkart.com's website demonstrated.

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