Small tablets losing to phablets: iPad Mini-sized models getting hit

phabletsSmall tablets are colliding with large smartphones, with tablets in general coming out the loser, according to market researcher NPD DisplaySearch.

Global shipments of tablets — which DisplaySearch calls “tablet PCs” — declined year to year for the first time in the first quarter of 2014, DisplaySearch said on Wednesday.

The research firm did not break out specific year-to-year numbers, however.

“Competition between 5.5 [inch] and larger smartphones and 7 – 7.9 [inch] tablet PCs will reduce demand for tablet PCs through 2018,” said Hisakazu Torii, a DisplaySearch analyst in a statement.  More