The infamous US trade ban on Huawei doesn’t look like it’s going to stop hurting the company. Because of the sanctions, many of Huawei’s component suppliers for tablets are forbidden to sell to the company. Huawei will most likely receive a massive blow in the manufacturing of new tablets, causing delays or even the failure to produce new slates, per the report.
In 2019, Huawei was the world’s third top tablets manufacturer with a 9.8% share of the market. Samsung was second with a 15% share and Apple was at the top with 34.6% of the market share. (IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, January 30, 2020)
The same report predicts Apple and Lenovo have the most to gain if Huawei won’t be able to stay competitive in the tablet market. Samsung will also grab a slice, but overall tablet shipments are estimated to fall by 10.5% in 2021, after the huge spike caused by the pandemic.
It is also predicted that Amazon tablets will see a drop in sales, mainly because of the company’s policy to focus more on smaller devices. The request this year was mostly for larger tablets.