Credit the first Amazon Kindle Fire for igniting the movement to smaller tablets. Released in the fall of 2011, the 7-inch Kindle Fire has since seen plenty of big name competitors including the 7-inch Nexus 7 from Google and, in the not-quite-as-small category, Apple’s iPad Mini sporting an 7.9-inch display.
But the smaller tablet movement is just getting started.
DisplaySearch expects tablets with screen sizes smaller than 9 inches to account for two-thirds (66%) of all tablet shipments for the year.
But the percentage should actually be bigger for the second half of 2013 when a series of new 8-inch tablets (including new Windows 8 models) are expected to debut as well as a new version of the iPad Mini this fall.