Tablet shipments to reach 145 million worldwide in 2013

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Falling prices and increased competition from manufacturers using Windows software will lead to growth, according to research

Worldwide tablet shipments will reach 145 million this year according to international market intelligence firm ABI Research.

The US organisation said the increase will be due to reduced prices for existing devices and an increase in choice in the tablet market.

Its research also pointed towards an expected increase in popularity of Windows tablets in the coming year following the international launch of Windows 8 late last year.

ABI Research senior director Jeff Orr said: “The rate of innovation is slowing as tablet vendors augment their product portfolios to meet the needs of market audiences. The late 2012 launches of Apple’s iPad mini and a variety of slates based on Intel architecture and new Windows operating systems will only begin to show their progress this year.”

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