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Tablet Trade Soars over 400% than PC

The new-age tablet is actually bolting up the PC market. Sales of tablets turns up from just 3.6 lakh units in 2011-12 to over 19 lakh in the last financial, a bound of over 400%, even as desktop PC sales raised by just 1%. Latest data issued by the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) on Wednesday illustrated the demand for tablets was obsessed by users' longing for apps (applications) to track everything from calories blazed to the weather to navigating the town. Although India was a late competitor to the world of smartphones and tablets, it at the present, it seems to be moving in line with worldwide trends, with users climbing up the steps. Smartphone sales went past 1.5 crore units in 2012-13, evaluated to over 95 lakh in the earlier year. Desktop computer sales were at 67.69 lakh units. But different the international market, where PC sales have refused for directly quarters, institutional demand and purchases in smaller towns is continuing companies in business. The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) numbers demonstrate that PC sales knock down almost 14% in January-March 2013, while tablets rushed 143% 4.9 crore units. In fact, the first quarter global tablet sales was more than what was sold during January-June 2012, reflecting skyrocketing require in up-and-coming markets such as India. With costs going down, consumers have abundance to pick from. Right from the top-quality Apple iPads that cost around Rs 50,000 to a range of devices from Samsung and then percolating down to home-grown brands like Micromax and Karbonn, tablets come for as low as Rs 5,000. A mass of the desktop PC sales is limited to government, PSUs and educational establishments, which jointly account for as much as 65% of the sales. "In terms of family sales, these are ongoing in what I would call the 'rest of India', or C-class towns. The metros and B-class towns are no longer key buyers of desktops," said Ramamurthy, who now desires a special package from the government to "perk up" the PC market.

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