The global shipment of tablets stood at 206.8 million units in 2015, according to figures released by IDC. The leading market research firm also mentioned that Apple had the largest market share in the tablet category. Here’s how the top 5 tablet manufactures faired in 4Q15 in terms of market share: Apple (24.5%), Samsung (13.7%), Amazon (7.9%), Lenovo (4.8%) and Huawei (3.4%).
Ever since Apple launched the first touchscreen tablet in 2010, new advancements in technology have resulted in the growing capabilities of these devices. Despite tablets becoming more powerful, competition has kept a tab on prices, ensuring the devices are still fairly affordable.
With customers having more options to choose from, the tablet market is expected to grow to 276 million units by 2017, according to forecasts released by Statista. Let’s have a look at ten of the best tablets available in the market in 2016.
The Top 10
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
This device is considered as Apple’s best iPad so far. It offers everything that was great about the 12.9-inch model, in a more affordable 9.7-inch model. The new and fast 2.26 GHz Apple A9X processor, along with a bright and anti-reflective display, makes the new iPad Pro among the best tablets available in 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
This 9.7-inch Android device boasts of sharp, rich colors, with the Super AMOLED screen. It is powered by a 1.9 GHz Quad core processor, and has 32GB of internal storage. Thus, it offers more internal storage than its 8-inch counterpart, despite its ultra-compact, slimmer and lighter body. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 also has long battery life.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
According to CNET.com, Microsoft has finally delivered its best yet with the new Surface Pro 4. With Windows 10 Pro as its operating system, this device runs on the 6th generation Intel Core m3 processor. The 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen and the 4 GB RAM make this device the largest and among the fastest tablets in its category.
Sleek, slim and waterproof are probably the best words to describe this table. This Android tablet has a 10.1-inch HD screen. It flaunts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor, with integrated LTE. With amazing customization opportunity at your behest, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet definitely makes it to the top in the list for 2016.
iPad Air 2
This device has the iOS 9.1, with screen size of 9.7 inches and resolution of 1536 x 2048.
This device has Windows 10 and screen size of 12 inches and storage of 128GB or 256GB.
This is a Windows 10 device, but is fairly expensive considering it’s manufactured by a Chinese company.
Google Pixel C
This Android device packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and has a 10.2-inch screen with 2,560 x 1,800-pixel resolution.
This is a 10-inch tablet that is powered by the 1.2 GHz Mediatek 8389 Quad core processor.
Dell Venue 8 7000
This is the tablet to buy if you love photography. It is very thin and lightweight and has the Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera and strong image editing features.
While many players may enter the market, Apple and Samsung remain the leaders, partly because the resale value of their devices is the highest, say experts at TechPayout.