A total of 4.8 million units of smartphones and 900,000 units of tablets were shipped in the first half of 2015 (H1 2015) in Malaysia, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific’s Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers.
Large smartphones (or smartphone-tablet combos otherwise known as phablets) are already a growing trend in Asia, having outshipped notebooks and tablets last year, according to IDC.
The insatiable hunger for the latest tablets in Malaysia is driving the continued growth in sales of this popular technology, according to GfK.
Media tablets continue to be in strong demand across the South-East Asian countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines in 2014 as consumers bought over 3.6 million of the popular gadget in the first four months of this year.
The tablet craze that is currently taking the world by storm has also infected the less-developed country of Vietnam, where demand has been consecutively trending up at a considerable pace in the last four quarters to reach a total of 294,000 units sold in the last 12 months, said market research firm GfK.