London: Popularity of tablets will grow around the world, overtaking shipments of laptops on a global level in 2015, according to a report.
Leading tablets such as Apple''s iPad and the Kindle Fire have been among the pricey gadgets flying off the shelf on Friday, often said to be the biggest shopping day of the year.
Richard Shim, an analyst for market research firm DisplaySearch, forecasts that a total of 21.5million tablets will be sold in the run-up to Christmas this year, the Daily Mail reports.
In the fourth quarter, sales of tablets in North America are expected to exceed laptop purchases by as much as 50 per cent as millions invest in the gadgets.
According to the report, just 14.6million laptop computers are expected to ship over the same time period, the first quarter ever that tablets will have outsold notebooks.
Over the course of the year as a whole, according to Shim, around the same number of laptops and tablets will be sold in North America, 56million.
The report said that next year, around 80million tablets are expected to be sold in North America, against 64million laptops.
In 2015, the rest of the world will catch up with America, as 276million tablets are sold globally while 270million laptops are shipped, the report added.