Gartner: Tablets and Smartphones to Continue Chipping Away at PC Market Share

28 Mar

The outlook for PCs and Notebooks is looking grimmer by the year. According to the recent data estimates released on Thursday by research firm Gartner, worldwide shipments for traditional PCs such as desktops will fall 6.6 percent from 2013 to 276 million units in 2014; The numbers of mobile phones shipped, meanwhile, are anticipated to rise from 1.807 billion to 1.895 billion (4.9 percent YoY growth), whereas that for tablets will grow by an impressive 38.6 percent year-on-year to 270 million units.

Ranjit Atwal, Gartner’s Research Director and analyst, attributes the generally impressive tablet shipments to their growing momentum in non-US countries, which he believes will continue as “the uptake of lower cost, smaller, non-branded tablets becomes more apparent.”As for the future prospects for mobile phones, which Gartner’s data shows accounted for the largest portion of the “device market,” Atwal remained optimistic, and believes that the majority of their growth will continue to come from the “lower end of the premium phone market and the higher end of the basic phone market.”

The original Gartner press release, with all the original statistics, can be seen here.