Analysts make up big tablet predictions

Researchers at Gartner have consulted the runes to predict that global media tablet sales will reach 19.5 million in 2010.

Gartner also said that tablet sales will rise to 54.8 million units in 2011, a 181 per cent increase over 2009, henceforth known as the year before the iPad.

The analyst outfit doesn't stop there, however, going on to predict further expansion for the flat for factor, as competition from tablet makers hots up. Gartner foresees demand pushing sales up to, more than 204 million units in 2014.

Carolina Milanesi, the vice president of research at Gartner, said in a statement: “The all-in-one nature of media tablets will result in the cannibalisation of other consumer electronics devices such as e-readers, gaming devices and media players.”

According to Gartner, mini notebooks will suffer the most from the rise in the sales of tablet devices.

In 2010, North America will account for 61 per cent of the global media tablet sales. However, by 2014, as the worldwide availability of tablet devices rises, the northern Americas will account for just 43 per cent of the sales, if Gartner's prognostications turn out to be worth the pixels they're written on.