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Global Business Smartphone Shipments Jump while Business Tablets Tumble in Q4 2016

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Report Summary:

The fourth quarter of 2016 was a solid quarter for business smartphones, as shipments grew +18.0% YoY, to reach 137.9 million units in Q4 2016. Growth improved due to strong uptake among business users in APAC and Africa & Middle East among several major new-model launches from Apple with the iPhone 7, and others.

However, the worldwide business tablet market continued to suffer, with the worldwide business tablet market reaching 23.5 million unit shipments in Q4 2016, down 10.9% annually. Strategy Analytics expects the global business tablet market to continue to decline in 2017, before it returns to positive growth in 2018.

Table of Contents

1.       Executive Summary  3
2.       Business Smartphones  4
2.1     Business Smartphone Shipment Trends in Q4 2016  4
2.2     Business Smartphone OS Trends  6
3.       Business Tablets  8
3.1     Business Tablet Shipment Trends in Q4 2016  8
3.2     Business Tablet OS Trends  9
4.       Business Smartphone Market Growth Expectations, 2017-2022  11
5.       Business Tablet Market Growth Expectations, 2016-2021  13
6.       Conclusion  15


Figure 1 - Worldwide Business Smartphone Shipments: Q4 2015 vs. Q4 2016 (in millions) 4
Figure 2 - Worldwide Business Smartphone Shipments: Q3 2016 vs. Q4 2016 (in millions) 5
Figure 3 - Worldwide Business Smartphone Shipments by OS (in millions) 7
Figure 4 - Worldwide Business Tablet Shipments: Q4 2015 vs. Q4 2016 (in millions) 8
Figure 5 - Worldwide Business Tablet Shipments: Q3 2016 vs. Q4 2016 (in millions) 9
Figure 6 - Worldwide Business Tablet Shipments by OS (in millions) 10
Figure 7 - Global Business Smartphone Shipments Forecast by Region, 2017-2022 (in millions) 12
Figure 8 - Global Business Tablet Shipments Forecast by Region, 2016-2021 (in millions) 14

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