By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News. March 28, 2014. Research group Gartner says worldwide device shipments in 2014 will show growth despite continued declines in PC shipments. Overall device shipments are projected to increase by 6.9 percent in 2014, reaching 2.5 billion units during the year. Mobile phone shipments, accounting for about 75 percent of overall device shipments, are expected to total 1.9 billion units, a 4.9 percent increase from 2013 levels.
Tablet shipments are expected to post tremendous growth this year. Tablet shipments will reach 270.7 million units in 2014, up 38.6 percent, Gartner says.
PC shipments, a category including both desk-based and notebook computers, “will continue to hamper the overall growth of devices,” however. Rosy mobile phone numbers and even rosier tablet figures for 2014 are expected to be offset – to some degree – by a decrease of 6.6 percent in PC shipments. PC shipments, after reaching 296.1 million units last year, will fall to 270.7 million units in 2014.
Looking ahead to 2015, Gartner expects tablet shipments to surpass PC shipments for the first time on record. As the tablet market saturates, Gartner expects replacements of PCs by tablets to slow. “As they do this, we will see where dedicated devices (such as tablets) … fit in the overall portfolio of devices,” Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal said.