Worldwide PC, Tablet and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.5% in 2013 says Gartner

Gartner-1Worldwide combined shipments of devices including PCs, tablets and mobile phones are projected to grow by 4.5% in comparison to 2012 to reach 2.32 Bn units this year, according to Gartner.

Shipments of traditional PCs i.e. desk-based and notebooks is expected to reach 303 Mn units with a decline of 11.2 % in comparison to 2012. Whereas, the PC market, including ultramobiles, will witness a fall by 8.4 % during the current year in comparison to 2012.

Mobile phone shipments are projected to grow 3.7%, to reach 1.8 Bn units this year which was 1.7 Bn units in 2012.

Tablet shipments are expected to grow 53.4%, shipments will reach 184 Mn units for the current and 263 Mn units for the next year.

Device Type

2012

2013

2014

PC (Desk-Based and Notebook)

341,273

303,100

281,568

Ultramobile

9,787

18,598

39,896

Tablet

120,203

184,431

263,229

Mobile Phone

1,746,177

1,810,304

1,905,030

Total

2,217,440

2,316,433

2,489,723

Worldwide Device Shipments by Segment (Thousands of Units)

A recent consumer study held by the Gartner, showed that the average screen sizes of the tablets in use across the countries ranged from 8.3 inches – 9.5 inches. 47% of the total 21,500 consumers surveyed owned a tablet that was 8 inches or less.

There is also a possibility that the users who are not limited by their disposable income will likely have a basic tablet as a companion device to their ultramobile on which most of their consumption activities will take place.

The mobile phone market will continue to experience steady growth, but the opportunity for high average selling price (ASP) smartphones will be ending. The growth is expected to come from mid-tier smartphones in mature markets and low-end Android smartphones in emerging markets.

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The Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia doesn’t have a major impact on the forecast, as predicted by Gartner, Nokia would have accounted for the vast majority of Windows Phone share throughout the forecast, with only minimal volume coming from other OEMs, such as HTC or Samsung. Even the end of Windows XP support in 2014 will not impact device sales, 90% of large enterprises have either migrated or are migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

1) Android will remain the leading device operating system (OS), with 879 Mn shipments this year and will continue to lead in 2014 as well with expected shipments to reach 1.115 Mn.

2) The Windows OS is projected to decline 4.3% in 2013 due to decline in traditional PC sales, but will grow by 9.7 % in 2014.

Operating System

2012

2013

2014

Android

505,509

879,910

1,115,289

Windows

346,468

331,559

363,803

iOS/MacOS

212,875

271,949

338,106

RIM

34,584

23,103

19,297

Others

1,118,004

809,912

653,228

Total

2,217,440

2,316,433

2,489,723

Worldwide Device Shipments by Operating System (Thousands of Units)

Less than 1 percent of the consumers will actually replace their mobile phones with a combination of a wearable device and a tablet by 2017, says Gartner.

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