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IDC: Tablet Woes Continue For Market (With Two Exceptions)

Most vendors experienced declines in their tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015, as the slate tablet market continutes to struggle, according to a report by market research firm IDC.

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Tough Time For Tablets

Despite the release of notable new tablets in the fall -- like the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 -- the global tablet market declined yet again the fourth quarter of 2015.

According to market research firm IDC, 65.9 million tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter, down 13.7 percent from the same quarter last year.

Despite the downward trajectory of tablets, IDC highlighted one significant trend facing the market -- a transition from pure slate tablets, which do not contain a companion keyboard, to detachable tablets, or hybrid 2-in-1 devices that can act independently as tablets.

Following are the top five vendors with the most shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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