RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky  has run the numbers on tablets and lined them up for comparison against a bevy of other figures. Surprisingly, there are 5.113 billion mobile subscribers in the world (out of 6.898bn global population), but only 394 million smartphone and tablet users.


Abramsky's calculations show that there will be more than 400m tablet users by 2014. Equally as impressive is that he thinks 185m tablets will be sold in 2014 - or 47% of the number of smartphones and tablet owners today.

It's a bit surprising that the number of smartphone and tablet users is so low, but then again, that just speaks to the massive upside potential of the market.

[Source: Business Insider]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • ari-free

    they'll need data plans

  • Android FTW

    Yep, they are new markets. Hot markets for companies to get into however, they are in their infancy. . . and yet, Apple just like with the Mac in the 80's is trying to claim victory before the race is really underway.

  • Al

    (394/6898)*100 = 5.7
    Unless I've missed something your headline is way off and nearly 6% of the world population has a smartphone or tablet.

    Edit: I've worked out what it is, you've misread the article at the link, the 0.3% only applies to tablets.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      You're very right, mistake on my part. It should have read that only .3% own a tablet. The graph doesn't show that, but the full report does, according to BI.

      Corrected, thanks for pointing it out!

  • Adrian

    just show how fortunate and rich we actually are...
    to be fair about 1/4 of internet users have a smartphone or tablet, that's quite a lot seeing as many of those internet users will be unbelievably poor