Gartner Says Worldwide Device Shipments Will Increase 2.1 Percent in 2018

Gartner Says Worldwide Device Shipments Will Increase 2.1 Percent in 2018



SINGAPORE, January 29, 2018 — Worldwide shipments of devices — PCs, tablets and mobile phones — totaled 2.28 billion units in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Shipments are on course to reach 2.32 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.1 percent.



PC Market Will Be Flat in 2018
Gartner forecasts that shipments of traditional PCs will decline by 5.4 percent in 2018 (see Table 1), with notebooks showing the steepest decline (6.8 percent). The premium ultramobile market will be the only PC segment to achieve growth in 2018, without which the overall PC market would decline.

"DRAM costs have doubled since June 2016, and PC providers have increased PC prices since the first half of 2017,” added Mr. Atwal. “This trend is likely to continue into 2018, until DRAM cost trends reverse."

Worldwide Device Shipments by Device Type, 2016-2019 (Millions of Units)
Device Type
2016
2017
2018
2019
Traditional PCs (Desk-Based and Notebook)
220
204
193
187
Ultramobiles (Premium)
50
59
70
80
Total PC Market
270
262
264
267
Ultramobiles (Basic and Utility)
169
160
159
156
Computing Device Market
439
423
423
423
Mobile Phones
1,893
1,855
1,903
1,924
Total Device Market
2,332
2,278
2,326
2,347
Source: Gartner (January 2018)

By 2021, 9 Percent of Smartphones Sold Will Support 5G
Gartner forecasts that mobile phone shipments will increase by 2.6 percent in 2018, with the total amounting to 1.9 billion units. In 2018, smartphone sales will grow by 6.2 percent, to represent 87 percent of mobile phone sales. "We expect Apple smartphone sales to grow by more than the market average in 2018, with the launch of new models fueling stronger replacement cycles," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.

In 2018, smartphone vendors will focus on delivering more compelling personalized experiences, via on-device (AI)virtual personal assistants and more natural user interfaces, but also through biometrics and further enhancements to display and camera features. We expect to see some of these unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

5G phones will reach the market in 2019, when rollouts of 5G networks will start in select countries, such as the U.S. and South Korea. "We predict that, by 2021, 9 percent of smartphones sold will support 5G," said Ms. Cozza. “Overall, 5G will be a significant driver of video and streaming services, as it will bring faster uplinks and support new AI applications.”

More detailed analysis is available to Gartner clients in the report "Forecast Analysis: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 4Q17 Update."

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading research and advisory company. The company helps business leaders across all major functions in every industry and enterprise size with the objective insights they need to make the right decisions. Gartner's comprehensive suite of services delivers strategic advice and proven best practices to help clients succeed in their mission-critical priorities. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has more than 15,000 associates serving clients in 11,000 enterprises in 100 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

For the LATEST tech updates,
FOLLOW us on our Twitter
LIKE us on our FaceBook
SUBSCRIBE to us on our YouTube Channel!
SHARE
    Blogger Comment
    Facebook Comment

0 comments: