CE Device Sales To Jump 2% Next Year, Highest Yearly Growth Since 2015
Gartner’s latest research has revealed global shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are set to exceed 2.35 billion units in 2018 – notably a jump of 2% from 2017, and the largest year-on-year growth since 2015.
The research firm’s latest research debunks perception that PCs/tablets will soon become irrelevant, as the world gravitates to increased mobile and smartphone use.
Ranjit Atwal, Research Director at Gartner, states:
“Our latest online end-user survey shows that users depend just as much on PCs or tablets as they do on smartphones”
“Forty percent of respondents said that they use mostly a PC/tablet for certain daily experiences, such as reading and writing detailed emails or watching videos, while 34 percent mostly use a smartphone for its convenience while on the move”.
Mr Atwal did, however, allude to potential risk factors impeding PC sales growth:
“Users holding onto their PCs for longer remains a major issue for the PC market. In contrast, users continue to replace their smartphone quite frequently”.
Overall, traditional PC shipments are expected to drop 4.4% in 2018, while mobile phone shipments are expected to jump 2.4%.
Smartphone sales are forecast to exceed 1.6 billion units in 2018.