With long replacement cycles and cutting-edge competition from the smartphone market, tablet shipments have steadily declined for several consecutive quarters.
The third quarter of 2015 was no exception as tablet shipments slipped 12.6 percent vs the same quarter last year, according to market research firm IDC.
IDC's report pointed to one glimmer of hope for the sluggish tablet market — a transition from slate tablets to detachable tablets. While detachable tablets have only accounted for a single-digit percentage of the overall tablet market, this share is expected to increase dramatically over the next 18 months, according to IDC.
Despite that trend, vendors are still facing challenges in the current tablet market. Following are the top five tablet vendors with the most shipments in the third quarter.
Chinese manufacturer Huawei was the fifth most popular tablet vendor in the third quarter, taking 3.7 percent of the market's share.
Huawei shipped 1.8 million tablets in the third quarter, a whopping 147.9 percent improvement over the same quarter last year. The company's cellular-enabled tablets partially drove this wild growth, as more consumers in the tablet market are looking to their devices to make voice calls.
Huawei, which sells tablets including the Mediapad X2 and MediaPad Honor X1, also tapped into markets with low broadband penetration in the third quarter.
Next: the top four