Worldwide sales growth of smartphones is slowing, while tablet and PC sales continue to decline, according to research from International Data Corp. (IDC).
The latest mobile phone forecast from IDC shows that smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units, down from the firm’s previous smartphone forecast of 11% year-over-year growth in 2015.
IDC expects to see a noticeable slowdown in smartphone shipments in 2015 as China joins North America and Western Europe in a more mature growth pattern. But steadily falling average selling prices will fuel steady growth through the end of the forecast period, IDC says, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.
Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline 8% in 2015, IDC says. That’s a notable slowdown from the firm’s previous forecast of a 4% decrease. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million, with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.
The overall trajectory of the tablet market hasn’t changed significantly over the past year and a half, IDC says, but the 2-in-1 segment is starting to gain traction. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs are getting more serious about the market and as a result IDC expects the 2-in-1 segment to grow 87% year over year in 2015 with 14.7 million units shipped.
And worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by 9% in 2015 and not stabilize until 2017, according to IDC. The latest forecast has growth declining through 2016, which will make five years of declining shipments, IDC says. Growth should resume in 2017, led by the commercial market.
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