While the coronavirus pandemic has affected the commercialization of mobile phones has boosted other markets for technological devices such as tablets.

This is how certifies an analysis of the IDC consultancy, which estimates that during the fourth quarter of 2020, 52.2 million tablets were distributed worldwide , which represents a year-on-year increase of 19.5% .

Shipments of detachable tablets improved by 27.9% . Models like those made by Microsoft and Apple contributed to this bonanza, as well as a shift in demand from laptops to tablets that can also be worked with. The more entertainment-oriented slate tablets are also on the rise, with shipments increasing 13.7% during the months of October, November and December.

«Unprecedented demand in the consumer and education segments due to telecommuting and online learning has undoubtedly led to a resurgence in demand for tablets,» says Anuroopa Nataraj, Research Analyst for IDC .

“However,” she cautions, “the category is not expected to maintain this long-term momentum, as it still faces immense competition from laptops and smartphones ”.