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Alcatel Targets $10 Million Revenue From PC Tablets

Globally too, tablet PC sales have been declining (8.5% in March quarter to 36.2 million units) given higher consumer preference for smartphones.

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Updated:June 19, 2017, 4:17 PM IST
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Alcatel Targets $10 Million Revenue From PC Tablets
Globally too, tablet PC sales have been declining (8.5% in March quarter to 36.2 million units) given higher consumer preference for smartphones. (Representative image)
Smartphone maker Alcatel aims to garner $10 million revenue from its portfolio of tablet PCs, a segment where it hopes to corner 10% market share by the end of this year.

The company has recently launched three new tablet PCs, the latest one being the 'A3 10'. These will compete against products from the stables of Datawind, Samsung and Micromax, among others.

"Tablet is a fairly new category for us. While we had products in the international market, we have just started expanding into the Indian market. We hope to exit 2017 with 10% market share," Praveen Valecha, Regional Director at Alcatel India told PTI.

He added that the company expects the tablet PC vertical will clock revenues of about $10 million in this calendar year.

According to research firm CMR, sales of tablet PCs in India declined 16% year-on-year to around 7.6 lakh units in the January-March 2017 quarter.

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Compared to the previous October-December quarter, it was lower by 6%.

Datawind continued to hold the top spot with 34% market share, followed by iBall with 16% share, the report said. Samsung had 15% share, while homegrown Micromax had 8% share.

Globally too, tablet PC sales have been declining (8.5% in March quarter to 36.2 million units) given higher consumer preference for smartphones.

"The tablet PC market has shrunk mainly because there were no major devices in the Indian market. Also, many low-value tabs spoilt customer experience. Besides, there were factors like demonetisation and GST. But, we expect the market to revive by Diwali," Valecha said.

He added that the company will also launch two more devices in the Indian market to cash in on the category.

Alcatel's A3, priced at Rs 9,999, features 10-inch display, 1.1 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), 5MP rear and 2MP front camera and 4,600 mAh battery.
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