04
Mar
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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.

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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

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