Tablets are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons, from expanding features to consumer mobility needs, and while some industry reports expect a sales slowdown due to extending life cycles, it's likely not going to stem the wave of new devices as tablet makers vie for market share and leadership.
New software options, new processors, lower-priced devices and likely even some new form factors are in the mix as tablet vendors tweak existing gadgets, upgrade and create new devices for consumers and the business segment.
Here's a look at what's coming down the tablet pike:
1. Nokia N1
Nokia has finally gotten back into the mobile game, starting with a bang with its new N1 tablet. While many suggest the device is an iPad Mini copy as far as hardware design goes, the tablet, which includes a 7.9-inch display and a reversible type-C USB connector, is sure to appeal to Android fans.
2. Apple iPad Pro
The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were great product releases, but Apple reportedly has another trick up its sleeve for the iPad lineup. The new tablet is reportedly called the iPad Pro, and the display will be much bigger than on previous iPads, coming in at a whopping 12.2 to 12.9 inches.
Specifics of the new iPad are scarce, but rumors suggest the device could include Touch ID, a new A9 processor, and may be called the iPad Air Plus.
3. Amazon Kindle Fire 2015
Amazon continues to forge roots in the tablet world, and its offerings are competing with the best-selling tablet makers. The next device in the Kindle Fire portfolio is sure to get a few upgrades, although it's likely hardware upgrades on the 2015 iteration of the Amazon Kindle Fire will be minor. Amazon will, however, likely add some software updates allowing for better interaction with users.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft had a bit of a rough start with the Surface Pro line, however the Surface Pro 3 is certainly a hit. Microsoft is sure to take advantage of this buzz for its next iteration in the Surface Pro line, the Surface Pro 4. Rumors suggest the new device will be released in two sizes and will be a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro 3. This will be great for students and those working in education, which is a primary market for the Surface Pro line.
5. Apple iPad Air 3
The iPad Air 2 was released to much fanfare, being the thinnest tablet ever to be released by Apple. The iPad Air 3 will also see some updates, including a new processor. The device might also get some minor design changes. Who knows, perhaps the iPad Air 3 will be even thinner.