According to research by DigiTimes, global tablet PC shipments are expected to grow 47.5% to 21.58 million units in the second quarter of 2012.

Compared to the first quarter, however, that’s a drop of 8.2% in terms of shipments, according to James Wong, DigiTimes Research senior analyst. Wong also added that Taiwan’s shipments will account for 88% of global shipments, reaching 18.9 million units.

In terms of rankings, Apple should remain the leader of the tablet market with the iPad, while Lenovo will likely drop out of the top 5. Wong claims that ASUS will have a chance to enter the top 3 if its 7-inch, Google-based tablet becomes successful.

Processors were also researched, with Apple’s processors predicted to be present in 70% of total tablet shipments next quarter. Meanwhile, NVIDIA’s best hope to compete with Texas Instruments in Q2 is its presences in Amazon’s rumored 8.9-inch tablet.

Source: DigiTimes

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