Demand for Tablets and Smartphones to exceed need for Desktop PCs or notebooks: Gartner

NEW DELHI: Even as the demand for desktop PCs and even notebooks will continue to decline, the number of tablets and smartphones will rise consistently in 2013 and 2014.

A survey by Gartner says that total shipment of devices will rise in 2013. A total 2.35 billion Units including (PCs, mobile phones, tablets) are expected to be shipped in the year 2013, a 5.9 per cent increase from 2012. But the major share will come from tablets and smartphones and the share of ultra-mobiles will be minimal.

The trend of fixed computers or rather desktop computers is declining and most of the new buyers prefer to have a smarter mobile unit. Some 305 million units will be shipped in the desk-based and notebook category in 2013, 10.6 per cent lower to what industry shipped in 2012 but on the other hand, tablets will rise by 67. 9 per cent with shipment reaching 202 million units against 120 million units shipped in 2012.

Devices Shipment by Segment (Thousands of Units): Gartner
Device Type



PC (Desktops and Notebook 341,273 305,178 289,239
Ultramobile 9,787 20,301

Tablet 120,203 201,825

Mobile Phone 1,746,177 1,821,193 1,901,188
Total 2,217,440 2,348,497 2,506,429

Mobile phone market will see more competition as the consumer waits for better models and lower prices. The mobile market will grow by 4.3 per cent to 1.8 billion units during 2013. Decreasing smartphone prices and availability of latest OS version in the mobile phones have increased the life cycle of the device. It will impact the growth as it will be slower in 2013.

Ultra mobile and hybrid devices are creating new trends and according to the Gartner analysts, devices such as Chromebooks, Slates etc are attracting people more than other mobile devices but their cheaper versions are getting more popular among masses. For example, more than 60 per cent of iOS devices are iPad mini and so is the case with other platforms.

As more models are coming by the end of 2013 with Intel’s Bay Trail and Haswell along with Windows 8.1, the fourth quarter looks more promising.

In the operating system segment, Android continues to grow as table 2 shows. There will be 866 million Android units shipped in 2013 and in 2014 they will hit a 1.06 billion mark.

Devices Shipments by OS (Thousands of Units): Gartner
Operating System


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